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Absolutely Irish

Absolutely Irish

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ABSOLUTELY IRISH brings together the brightest stars of traditional Irish music for a once-in-a-lifetime concert that will leave folk music fans stunned by the virtuoso performances. ABSOLUTELY IRISH features performances by Mick Moloney, Susan McKeown, John Doyle, Eileen Ivers, Karan Casey, Liz Carroll, Nial O'Leary, Darrah Carr, Jerry O'Sullivan and more.
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Altan

Gap Of Dreams

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2018 release. After 30 years of playing on stages all over the world from Dublin to New York, Tokyo to Sydney, premier traditional Irish band, Altan came back to the hills of Donegal to record The Gap Of Dreams. The 13 tracks transport the listener to the lifestyle of rural Donegal, to a time before electricity when folks would gather together in the mists of winter to tell stories, sing songs and dance into the wee hours of the night. The music lifted the locals' spirits and helped elevate them beyond the hardships of the day like famine, conflict and emigration. It is this spirit that informed the development of the band through their many phases of growth from a duo performing in pubs to international touring and recording artists. Back in their beloved landscape at Attica Studios in the townland of Termon, it seemed as if the inspiration of the beloved landscape spilled into the studio. With producers Michael Kenney and Tommy McLaughlin, the album captures the essence that has continued to represent the hallmark of Altan's music.
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Altan

Widening Gyre

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With a career at the pinnacle of Irish music for nearly 35 years Altan has achieved legendary status in a genre that has been equally shaped by the band's influence and genius. On THE WIDENING GYRE, the band explores the musical relationship between American roots music and the traditional music of Ireland. It s the first full project Altan has recorded in Nashville, and working under the guiding hand of producer and Compass co-founder Garry West, the album pairs these Irish masters with some of the leading lights of American folk and bluegrass music, many of whom the members of Altan have known for years. The resulting music is completely engaging, simultaneously breaking new ground and reminding listeners of the ancient bond between Irish and Appalachian music.
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Mike Barnett

Portraits In Fiddles

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Compass Records is issuing a special deluxe edition of Mike Barnett's 2019 GRAMMY-nominated album, PORTRAITS IN FIDDLES, which features five additional unreleased tracks with collaborators, heroes and contemporaries such as Stuart Duncan, David Grisman, Jesse McReynolds, Tim O'Brien, Noam Pikelny, Tony Trischka and more. In his own words: "It was such a joy to work on this project and celebrate some of my biggest musical inspirations, heroes, and mentors. During most of the recording sessions, we recorded one more tune that didn't end up on the record because it would've made for an even more lengthy project. I'm excited to share five more unreleased portraits with you!" PORTRAITS IN FIDDLES (Deluxe Edition) is a guided tour through the best in bluegrass from the unique perspective of someone who lived it from the inside through most of his life, as well as a conversation with his heroes, who speak for themselves musically and in their own words. Barnett reflects on the extraordinary blessings he's had building a career as a premier fiddler in bluegrass music, leading up to his current gig as a member of Kentucky Thunder, the traveling band of bluegrass legend, Ricky Skaggs.
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Nicki Bluhm

To Rise You Gotta Fall [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. After nearly a decade spent with the Gramblers, recent high-profile collaborations (Phil Lesh, Infamous StringDusters, Ryan Adams), and a split from her husband and musical mentor, vocalist and songwriter Nicki Bluhm is stepping out on her own with her new album, To Rise You Gotta Fall. The songs were written over a two-year period in Bluhm's life and chronicle her fundamental life changes, which found the West Coast native living in Nashville, TN. "These songs are the conversations I never got to have, the words I never had the chance to say, and the catharsis I wouldn't have survived without," she says. Recorded in Memphis, TN at legendary Sam Phillips Recording, Bluhm brought in producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell), for these live band, analog sessions. The studio band includes Will Sexton (guitar), Ross-Spang (guitars), Ken Coomer (drums and percussion), Al Gamble (Hammond B3), Rick Steff (piano), Dave Smith (bass), with Sam Shoup (string arrangements) and various special guests. To Rise You Gotta Fall tells the story of a woman searching for light among darkness and reveals her emergence as a powerful songwriter and vocalist of great depth and immediacy.

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Louisa Branscomb

Gonna Love Anyway

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More than 40 years after first penning the award-winning bluegrass classic, "Steel Rails,' songwriter Louisa Branscomb is releasing a new interpretation of the song. Co-produced by Branscomb and fellow Compass award-winner Missy Raines, the song will appear on Branscomb's twelfth album, GONNA LOVE ANYWAY. The collection features a phenomenal group of singers and instrumentalists all performing their versions of Branscomb's songs, including Tina Adair, Dale Ann Bradley, Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Stuart Duncan, Jenni Lyn Gardner, Steve Gulley, Sierra Hull, Kimber Ludiker, Bryan McDowell, Missy Raines, Molly Tuttle, Jeanette Williams, and Celia Woodsmith, as well as Branscomb herself. Co-producer Missy Raines explains, "We took a designer approach to thinking of who we felt best matched each song.' Thus listeners find singer Dave Peterson powering out a Monroe-style bluegrass traditional ("Blue Moon Blues'), veteran Claire Lynch on the plaintive, elegant "Freight Train for a Song,' and new sensation Molly Tuttle on the poignant gem of the album, "Gonna Love Anyway.'

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The Brother Brothers

Some People I Know [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. Identical twins Adam and David Moss of The Brother Brothers bring their blood harmonies and real-life observations to carry on the folk tradition for a new generation. With minimal instrumentation, meaningful lyrics, and their incredible harmony blend, the siblings draw on the energy and creativity of Brooklyn, New York, for their full-length debut album, Some People I Know. Growing up in Peoria, Illinois, they sang along as children to their father's record collection of the Kingston Trio, the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys. After earning music degrees at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, the brothers set off on separate musical journeys. This project emerges from the number of years the brothers traveled across the country, both separately and together, playing in other ensembles and sometimes settling in separate cities.

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Alison Brown

Fair Weather [LP]

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"Like James Taylor's voice or B.B. King's guitar, Alison Brown's banjo is an instrument possessed of a unique sonic signature and an inescapable beauty." -Billboard Magazine

Alison Brown's 2000 classic album celebrates it's 20 year anniversary with a limited release vinyl. Joined by special guests including Tim O'Brien, Claire Lynch, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, David Grier, and featuring the Grammy Award-winning track "Leaving Cottondale," with Béla Fleck, FAIR WEATHER heralded Alison Brown's return to her bluegrass roots with stunning results. Over the course of the album's 12 tracks, Brown plows through hard-charging breakdowns, minor-keyed newgrass, solo-banjo lullabies, and everything in between. Vince Gill sings the bright title track and Claire Lynch handles vocals on the delightful "Hummingbird." Covers of Elvis Costello's "Everyday I Write the Book" (sung by Bush) and Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" (sung by O'Brien) lend themselves well to a bluegrass treatment and are complimented by the likes of "Shake and Howdy," an intricate, classically tinged instrumental featuring Darol Anger and Mike Marshall. The unifying musical core of it all is Brown's compositional sense and mesmerizing banjo work, with the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic possibilities of her banjo always front and center Brown has received four GRAMMY nominations for her solo recordings and a GRAMMY award in 2001 for Best Country Instrumental Performance as well as the International Bluegrass Music Association's award for Banjo Player of the Year. A former member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, Brown has been praised for her take on the traditionally Appalachian instrument which has earned her features on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR's All Things Considered and in The Wall Street Journal among others. In 2019, she became the newest five string banjoist to be inducted into the American Banjo Museum's Hall of Fame.

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Alison Brown

Company You Keep

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The title of Brown's new studio release The Company You Keep was originally inspired by the words of Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quixote): "Tell me the company you keep and I'll tell you what you are." But it wasn't until the project began to develop that Brown realized the title actually held two separate, but equally important, meanings for her and for her music. "I've been writing, recording and performing my own tunes for nearly 20 years now," Brown reflects. "And as I thought about the progression of my sound - our band sound - I began to think about what a collaborative effort this musical journey has been.
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Alison Brown

Stolen Moments

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STOLEN MOMENTS showcases the Grammy winning banjoist, Alison Brown at the peak of her powers, bending musical genres to create a unique sound that blends the rugged drive of bluegrass, with the harmonic sophistication of acoustic jazz. With guest appearances from the INdogo Girls, Beth Nielsen Champman, Sam Bush, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more!
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Alison Brown

Replay

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A collection of Alison's most popular tunes plus two never before recorded tunes. With liner notes by Parke Puterbaugh (former associate editor of Rolling Stone Magazine).
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Alison Brown

Fair Weather

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Fair Weather is Alison Brown's follw-up album to her 1998 Out of the Blue. Featuring a a thick roster of guest appearances by Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Bela Fleck, Vince Gil, David Grier, Gene Libbea, Claire Lynch, Tim O'Brien, Mike Marshall, Todd Phillips and Tony Rice.
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Alison Brown

Out Of The Blue

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Alison Brown's fifth album Out of the Blue, amplifies her diverse and unquestionable talent. She has established herself as a leader in a new generation of banjo virtuosos. Her unique blend of styles has never been more evident than on this new collection of ten original compositions. From the Brazilian-inspired languor of "Coast Walk" to the spicy rhythms of "Samba del Sol."
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Liz Carroll

In Play

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IN PLAY is a classic duo recording from Irish instrumental virtuosos Liz Carroll and John Doyle.
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Karan Casey/John Doyle (Celtic)

Exiles Return

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Irish vocalist Karan Casey and guitar virtuoso John Doyle were founding members of traditional supergroup Solas, a band known for it's striking renditions of traditional songs. On EXILE'S RETURN, the two former bandmates reunite to create a stripped-down CD that showcases the power of the songs. Since Solas, each has carved out a niche in the folk world: Doyle's rhythmic guitar chops are in demand as producer and sideman; he's played with Kate Rusby, Linda Thompson, Joan Baez and Liz Carroll.
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Michael Cleveland

Tall Fiddler

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"It's obvious he was destined to become one of Bluegrass's contemporary stars." -Boston Globe "Michael Cleveland is as versatile as they come, but when it comes to straight-up bluegrass, whether it's a 'bootstomper' or a high and lonesome lament, his peers are few and far between" -All Music Guide "He takes no prisoners but he plays with a restraint and a soul. He plays without abandon." -Vince Gill Featuring Special Guests: Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tommy Emmanuel, Béla Fleck, Del McCoury, Tim O'Brien, the Travelin' McCourys, and Dan Tyminski "Untouchable." That's how Vince Gill describes the playing of bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland in the inspiring documentary about the GRAMMY-nominated musician's life, Flamekeeper: The Michael Cleveland Story. On his new album TALL FIDDLER, Cleveland lives up to Gill's lofty praise, showing off the verve, dexterity and intensity that have made him one of the most transfixing performers today - of any genre. It's that crossover appeal that distinguishes TALL FIDDLER, a record that blends string-music with country, jam-grass with folk, and is geared to introduce Cleveland-who, as he talks about in the Flamekeeper film, overcame partial deafness and being born blind-to a wider audience. Yes, bluegrass may be the Indiana native's first love, but on this album, Cleveland rocks. His masterful playing attracts an all-star roster of guests on TALL FIDDLER. No less than Del McCoury, a pillar of bluegrass, appears on the album, singing "Beauty of My Dreams" (Cleveland's favorite Del song) with Flamekeeper vocalist Josh Richards. Elsewhere, Dan Tyminski harmonizes with Richards on the chugging "Son of a Ramblin' Man" and the gorgeous "Mountain Heartache," also featuring Jerry Douglas on Dobro. Tim O'Brien and make appearances too, helping flesh out an album that, while a collaborative effort, is guided by the gifts of Michael Cleveland. It can also be tempting to sum up his playing as effortless. But that'd be selling the musician short. His journey to a GRAMMY-nomination and a record-setting 11 wins as Fiddle Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, among other IBMA honors, only came through hard work and indomitable spirit.

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Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

Bitter Better

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"Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards create a stunning, forward-looking sound that charts a path for innovation in folk music." -PopMatters

"...vocally superb... amazing talent with the fiddle" -Maverick "Like many of the best "folk" bands, this talented quartet is much more of an uncategorisable and dynamic force" -Americana UK "... their close and complex harmonies and imaginative arrangements signified the best of folk right now." -The Bluegrass Situation Expanding on the boundaries of what an indie-folk band can be, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards take their extensive string music background, add their knowledge of folk and roots music, and incorporate an edgy pop sensibility to create their latest album, BITTER BETTER. A stunning lesson in all the ways string instruments can be played- bowed, plucked, percussively - the album showcases Cortese and multi-instrumentalist producer Sam Kassirer (Lula Wiles, Lake Street Dive) striving to capture the most adventurous approach to each moment. The result is an album that incorporates dance-worthy foundational grooves, synth, and loops to push the boundaries of the genre. The band has been invited to support The Mountain Goats on their extended US tour, which kicks off in late April.

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Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

Bitter Better [LP]

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"Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards create a stunning, forward-looking sound that charts a path for innovation in folk music." -PopMatters

"...vocally superb... amazing talent with the fiddle" -Maverick "Like many of the best "folk" bands, this talented quartet is much more of an uncategorisable and dynamic force" -Americana UK "... their close and complex harmonies and imaginative arrangements signified the best of folk right now." -The Bluegrass Situation Expanding on the boundaries of what an indie-folk band can be, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards take their extensive string music background, add their knowledge of folk and roots music, and incorporate an edgy pop sensibility to create their latest album, BITTER BETTER. A stunning lesson in all the ways string instruments can be played- bowed, plucked, percussively - the album showcases Cortese and multi-instrumentalist producer Sam Kassirer (Lula Wiles, Lake Street Dive) striving to capture the most adventurous approach to each moment. The result is an album that incorporates dance-worthy foundational grooves, synth, and loops to push the boundaries of the genre. The band has been invited to support The Mountain Goats on their extended US tour, which kicks off in late April.

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A.J. Croce

Just Like Medicine [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. A.J. Croce and his producer, soul music legend, Dan Penn explore the healing power of music with Just Like Medicine. An all-star cast including Steve Cropper, David Hood, Vince Gill, Colin Linden and the McCrary Sisters come together on Croce's ninth studio album, which includes his first recording of "The Name of the Game," an unreleased song by his father, Jim Croce. As Croce explains, "I wanted to make a real soul album, but not a throwback Stax album or a Motown album or anything like that-even though Dan was producing and there are great players from that world and Muscle Shoals on these tracks." Sonically and in every other way, the intention on Just Like Medicine seems to keep things real. "We recorded this album in mono, to analog tape, primarily to two tracks and we never used more than sixteen tracks," says Croce. "Dan explained that when he worked with the Box Tops, they only had like three tracks-one for the band, one for the vocals, one for string and horns. So that became our starting point."

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Justin Currie

Lower Reaches [Deluxe]

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Dala

Best Day

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The definitively Canadian duo... has an ear for pop hooks, but writes songs that sound warm and comfortable played on an acoustic guitar with little ornamentation." - NPR Music - in a relatively short time, Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walthers of the Canadian duo Dala have established themselves as one of the brightest rising stars of the pop-folk circuit. On their second release with Compass Records, BEST DAY, the duo has achieved a new level of maturity in both their abilities as songwriters and integrity of presentation. Vaguely reminiscent of fellow Canadian Feist and with echoes of Leonard Cohen's lyric sensibilities, Dala presents a set of tracks that are empowering and optimistic but not without a quiet mourning for the past and the impossible. Of particular note are the title track, a sweet love ballad called "Good As Gold" and "Life on Earth," which will be the first video single for the album, showcasing the trademark lush harmonies of Amanda's ethereal soprano and Sheila's velvety alto.
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Michael Doucet

Lacher Prise [LP]

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Michael Doucet the GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, artist, founder of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, and Cajun legend crafts the quintessential Louisiana soundtrack to a good time on his new solo album, LÂCHER PRISE. Joined by Sarah Quintana [vocals, guitar], Chad Viator [guitar], Chris French [bass], and Jim Kolacek [drums], he stirs up a sweet and simmering brew of Acadian tradition, swamp soul, and infectious grooves.

In many ways, the moniker embodies the spirit of these five musicians.
“In French, Lâcher Prise means ‘let go’,” Doucet explains. “It’s also a Buddhist term. When it came to making this music, it was just total freedom. The new songs were different from what I typically do, so we formed a group of great people and musicians. I’ve reached a point in my life and career where I can do whatever the hell I want to do. There’s freedom for everybody because of the mutual respect though.” Doucet describes the album’s music as “Les îles Français Zarico”, a description that takes into account an eclectic mix of styles including New Orleans rhythm & blues and Southwest Louisiana rock ‘n roll, as well as his own interpretations of zydeco and Cajun, infused with the intoxicating rhythms of the French Caribbean.

The new band, now known as Michael Doucet avec Lâcher Prise, recorded the ten songs comprising the debut in just three days at Dockside in Maurice, Louisiana, a hallowed studio that has hosted everyone from Dr. John to Allen Toussaint, and Rod Stewart to Arcade Fire. The triumvirate of Doucet, Viator, and Compass Records co-founder Garry West produced, and friends including Sarah Dugas (The Duhks), Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa), and Jim Hoke (NRBQ) lent their respective talents to the end result.
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John Doyle

The Path Of Stones

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2020 album from the Irish singer/songwriter. Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it's a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them - Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Karan Casey; Solas; Michael Black; Mary Black; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; and now Usher's Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle), not to mention the hugely popular Transatlantic Sessions. This list is a veritable who's who of the greatest names in Irish music, and these are just a very few of the stellar artists for whom John Doyle's signature guitar sound, singing or songwriting is essential. Impossibly in demand in the studio and on the road, immensely talented and blessed with an acute ear, a wicked sense of rhythm and seemingly endless stream of magic in his playing, composing, performing and producing, John Doyle is solidly establishing himself as one of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music.

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Mike Farris

Salvation In Lights

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Compass Records is proud to re-issue Mike Farris' 2007 classic, SALVATION IN LIGHTS. The album was originally released just a few years after the former lead singer of the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies went solo, a time when Farris' overcame addiction and found himself drawn to the sanctified sounds of Southern black gospel and Memphis soul. Immersing himself in that music, he came up with SALVATION IN LIGHTS, an electrifying collection of classic hymns-Mike Farris style-and inspired, Gospel-soul originals. The "salvation" referenced in the album title referred to a moment at a relative's funeral, a cathartic moment where Farris decided to overcome a decade-long personal battle with alcohol. Pouring sweat and radiating newfound faith, Farris throws himself into these songs like a sinner answering an alter call. It takes nerve to tackle such iconic tunes as Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down" and Sam Cooke's "Change Is Gonna Come," but Farris more than acquits himself with smoldering, drop-to-your-knees performances. From the slinky, Daniel Lanois-like "Devil Don't Sleep" to the Dixieland horn inflections of "I'm Gonna Get There," Farris' self-penned tunes have an authenticity and musical resonance that can't be faked. Produced by Farris with Matt Martone (3 Doors Down, Skillet), SALVATION IN LIGHTS veers into a Mardi Gras-style celebration on "Sit Down Servant" and serves up guitar-fueled swamp-rock on "Take Me (I'll Take You There)." Whether he's wailing to the rafters or savoring a bluesy phrase, Farris convincingly delivers the fervent message of his music in this album everyone needs to hear.
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Mike Farris

Shine For All The People

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This long-awaited follow up to 2007 s critically acclaimed SALVATION IN LIGHTS includes both original material and Farris' trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock, vintage Memphis soul and the swagger of New Orleans.
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Gibson Brothers

They Called It Music

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The Gibson Brothers harmonies won them the highest accolade in bluegrass, the coveted 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award and their highly anticipated new album THEY CALLED IT MUSIC, features some of the finest, tight-knit singing the brothers have ever done.
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Colin Hay

Fierce Mercy [Import Deluxe Edition Vinyl]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release from the singer/songwriter best known as the frontman of Men At Work. Fierce Mercy is an epic, cinematic step forward from singer/songwriter, Colin Hay, most beloved for his intimate, confessional live shows and songs that can draw a tear from the most unlikely listeners, including Metallica frontman, James Hetfield, who recently included one of Colin's songs on his public playlist. Fierce Mercy explores the themes of love and loss but always with the singular perspective and acerbic wit that has defined Hay's work since his days as front man of the wildly popular '80s band, Men at Work. Now finding himself in the unprecedented place of having both' 80s fame and indie credibility, Hay has created a new classic in his already impressive body of work, using a palette of pop songcraft, Americana flourishes, and soundtrack ready strings. Recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville and mixed by Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White) and Gordon Hammond (Buddy Miller, Don Williams), it's possible that Hay has delivered the defining album of his career.
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Colin Hay

Next Year People [Deluxe Edition]

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Colin Hay's voice and visage are familiar to millions as front-man, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (Down Under, Overkill, Who Can it Be Now? ). But over the past 15 years he has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. The frequent use of his music in TV and film including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances) Army Wives and Modern Family, the hit soundtrack to the film Garden State and the recently released Words and Pictures has proven the timeless appeal of his songs.
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Colin Hay

Man At Work [Limited Edition Vinyl]

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Vinyl LP pressing. In 2003, Colin Hay released MAN @ WORK, a collection of acoustic re-workings of his most classic Men at Work and solo songs. MAN @ WORK went on to become an indie hit, selling nearly 100,000 units, and introducing Hay to a younger generation of fans. The release also spawned new favorites, including 'Beautiful World,' which went on to be featured on the NBC Series SCRUBS. Now, over ten years from its initial release, Compass Records and Colin Hay have teamed up to deliver the vinyl edition of MAN @ WORK. The LP includes the seminal Men at Work tracks from the original CD release, but has been update to include new recordings of 'It's a Mistake,' 'I Can See it in Your Eyes' and 'Down by the Sea.'
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Colin Hay

Live At The Corner

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Live at the Corner documents Colin and his band live in concert at the Corner in Melbourne, Australia. Hay has been attracting new fans and old, with his gentle, ruminative acoustic songs.
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Colin Hay

Company Of Strangers

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Colin Hay first landed on American shores as the front man and principal songwriter of the pop sensation Men at Work ("Down Under," "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Overkill".) On this re-issue of Colin's 2002 album, Company Of Strangers, he concocts a powerful blend of acoustic guitars, rock and R&B styles, lush string arrangements, storytelling lyrics and of course distinctive vocal melodies. Song highlights include the hard driving rocker, "I Got Woken Up", the delicate "Company of Strangers" and the colorful "Beautiful World", which was featured on the soundtrack to the hit TV show Scrubs.
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Colin Hay

Peaks & Valleys

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This is a re-issue of his 1992 album PEAKS & VALLEYS, the follow up to 1990's WAYFARING SONS. An engaging collection of classic acoustic songwriter pop from Colin Hay, PEAKS & VALLEYS demonstrates that Hay's melodic skills have not left him.
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Colin Hay

Topanga

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Best known for fronting 80's pop sensation Men at Work, Colin Hay's finely tuned songwriting and straight-forward guitar playing are featured on his fourth solo release, TOPANGA. Highlights of this reissue include the uplifting "Waiting for My Real Life to Begin" and previously un-released bonus track "Spencer the Rover".
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Colin Hay

Transcendental Highway

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Re-issue of Colin Hay's classic 1998 release. Colin Hay first landed on American shores as the frontman and principal songwriter of the pop sensation Men at Work. With Hays wry songs and burnished vocals leading the way, they were responsible for a series of massive hits, such as "Down Under," "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Overkill," that defined pop music of the early eighties. Since Men at Work's demise, Hay has released a series of solo albums, reunited his old band with astonishing success, and watched as his songs continue to connect with new fans the world over through his musical appearances on the hit TV shows SCRUBS, JAG, and THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW. Featured on this re-release of 1999's TRANSCENDENTAL HIGHWAY, the success of the Hays "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You," which was used on the GARDEN STATE soundtrack and garnered extensive praise from all corners and all ages, proved that Hays music has staying power. The album, produced by Dan Rothchild (Better Than Ezra), addresses everything from the ups and downs of Hays musical career to the force of the internet to the inspirational "Freedom Calling" through catchy pop tunes and clever lyrics.
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Colin Hay

Are You Lookin' At Me?

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ARE YOU LOOKIN AT ME? is Colin Hay's first new studio album in six years, and is a stunningly tuneful meditation on life, love, sobriety, maturity and perseverance. As a writer, he has been more masterful: finding intriguing new angles on instantly relatable scenarios, skewering and savoring in equal measure. With musical backdrops ranging from electronic textures to plaintive acoustic balladry to classic guitar driven pop, ARE YOU LOOKIN AT ME? is a welcome reintroduction to one of modern pop's most enduring and ingenious songsmiths.
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Colin Hay

Man At Work

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Man @ Work reintroduces Colin Hay, twenty years on, with a captivating collection of stripped-down classics and impressive new songs. Get reacquainted with the man from down under!
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The Hillbenders

Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry

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45 years after its initial release, The Who's rock opera Tommy has been transformed by The Hillbenders into a full-length bluegrass tribute with all of the original record's energy, instrumental showmanship, and rock star vocals in tact. Originally recorded with a full rock band, the dynamic bluegrass quintet recreated the legendary album with a banjo, Dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar. The Bluegrass Opry, as its been dubbed, brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying homage to its creators.
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Rob Ickes / Hensley,Trey

World Full Of Blues

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Powerhouse acoustic duo Rob Ickes (Dobro) and Trey Hensley (guitar) move beyond the acoustic-centric sound of their previous two releases on WORLD FULL OF BLUES. Working with GRAMMY-winning producer Brent Maher, the topical album juices up their sound with Hammond B3 and a horn section, with plenty of grit and a nod to the rootsy side of Americana. The album was recorded live with minimal overdubs; guests include blues great Taj Mahal, who provides his unmistakable mojo to the title track, and country music legend Vince Gill, who joins the GRAMMY-nominated duo on an inspired rendition of The Grateful Dead's moonshiner song, "Brown-Eyed Women."
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World Full Of Blues (Ofv)

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Powerhouse acoustic duo Rob Ickes (Dobro) and Trey Hensley (guitar) move beyond the acoustic-centric sound of their previous two releases on WORLD FULL OF BLUES. Working with GRAMMY-winning producer Brent Maher, the topical album juices up their sound with Hammond B3 and a horn section, with plenty of grit and a nod to the rootsy side of Americana. The album was recorded live with minimal overdubs; guests include blues great Taj Mahal, who provides his unmistakable mojo to the title track, and country music legend Vince Gill, who joins the GRAMMY-nominated duo on an inspired rendition of The Grateful Dead's moonshiner song, "Brown-Eyed Women."
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Laws Of Gravity

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release. Laws Of Gravity represents a return to form for The Infamous Stringdusters, one of the most successful bands to emerge from bluegrass in recent years and one that is known for it's incomparably tight yet improvisation-infused live shows. Over their decade together, they have won three International Bluegrass Music Association awards, earned a "Best Country Instrumental" Grammy nomination in 2011 and garnered widespread critical acclaim. Laws Of Gravity was recorded in Nashville with Billy Hume (Ludacris, Ying Yang Twins) in the co-producer's chair. Band members Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass) are showcased as writers, singers, and players on an all original set of honest songs with a fresh yet familiar bluegrass/Americana/progressive feel.
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The Infamous Stringdusters

Ladies & Gentlemen [Vinyl]

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Standing at the crossroads of modern bluegrass and newgrass, The Infamous Stringdusters are a band that is "stretching [bluegrass] from within" (New York Times). For their sixth studio album, Ladies & Gentlemen, the band invited a dozen of their favorite female singers to join them.
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Eileen Ivers

Nollaig: An Irish Cheistmas

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Irish fiddle player Eileen Ivers release a beautiful Irish/Gaelic Christmas album.
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Claire Lynch

North By South

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2016 album from the three time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year award winner. On North By South, Claire Lynch pays homage to her favorite Canadian songwriters on a set of bluegrass and new acoustic tracks. After her recent marriage to a Canadian, Lynch began to dig into the vast catalog of songs written by Canadian songwriters and found the inspiration for this project. Working with Alison Brown in the producer's chair, she delivers stand out versions of Ron Sexsmith's "Cold Hearted Wind" with Jerry Douglas on dobro, the catchy "Kingdom Come" written by Old Man Luedecke featuring Bela Fleck (banjo) and Stuart Duncan (fiddle) and the gorgeous maritime ballad "Molly May" written by Cape Breton's JP Cormier. Lynch also offers thoughtful reinterpretations of songs by Lynn Miles ("Black Flowers"), Dave Francey ("Empty Train") and Gordon Lightfoot ("Worth Believing") and contributes the lighthearted, self-penned "Milo" to the project.
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His music is, as it has always been, an intimate fusion of country and soul." -MOJO Jeb Loy Nichols, the UK-based, US-born artist and songsmith, has been putting out his own singular brand of smoky retro soul for over two decades, gathering a fervent cult following along the way. Nichols, backed by his touring band, the Westwood All-Stars, will release a new studio album, JUNE IS SHORT, JULY IS LONG, on Compass Records (UK only). Raised on bluegrass and country & western music, Nichols discovered southern soul when he was a teenager. From there it was off to New York City and hip-hop, then to London and reggae and dancehall. It was this potent mix of genres - classic American roots music and Jamaican reggae, dub and dancehall - that's since been his signature. Having spent brief periods in Missouri, Texas, New York and London, Nichols found his home in a remote smallholding in the Welsh hills in the '80s. This back-to-basics, rural lifestyle is mirrored in his approach to music and the art that graces his album covers and informs his videos. JUNE IS SHORT, JULY IS LONG, his 11th solo release, is a cross-genre collection that documents his journey from being born and raised in the American Midwest through to his current life in the rolling hills of rural Wales. "It's full circle," he says. "I started off in the Ozark hills and now here I am, in the hills again.
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Cecilia Noel

Havana Rocks [Vinyl]

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The passionate Cecilia Noël returns with her newest album, Havana Rocks, a Latin-infused collection of American classics recorded in Havana Cuba, with special permission from the US Government, with an all Cuban cast of musicians and singers. Together, Noël and crew combine elements of salsa, soul, jazz, funk, and afro-cuban music to deliver an infectious Latin takes on 80's classic rock 'n roll hits. The album includes covers of Devo's Whip It, Gary Numan's Cars and ACDC's You Shook Me, all propelled by deep percussive grooves and Noël's rich and appealing alto vocals. Says Noël of her style, I call what I do 'hardcore salsa' because nowadays there is a lot of romantic salsa but I'm more of a punk salsa singer.
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Cecilia Noel

Gozar!

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Originally discovered by Stan Getz in Peru, Cecila Nokl describes her music as "Salsoul", elements of salsa, blended with elements of soul and jazz. On her aptly titled new CD a GOZAR! (To Enjoy), Noel demonstrates why critics have long called her the "Latin Tina Turner." a GOZAR! Is both a very personal album and a manifestation of Noels love of music and dance.
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Old Salt Union once again enlisted GRAMMY-winning banjoist and Compass co-founder Alison Brown to produce the follow-up to their self-titled Compass Records debut. The resulting album, WHERE THE DOGS DON't BITE, builds on this non-traditional stringband's varied musical backgrounds for a wildly entertaining, eclectic batch of songs. The quintet Ryan Murphy (banjo), Justin Wallace (mandolin), John Brighton (violin), Jesse Farrar (primary vocalist and bassist) and newest member Graham Curry (guitar) have continued to hone and develop their sound through relentless touring, cultivating a steadfast fanbase drawn to their high-energy shows. Coming from varied musical backgrounds, Old Salt Union's collective melting pot of styles and musical vocabularies informs their fresh approach to modern string band music and has helped to carve a unique niche for this Belleville, Illinois roots outfit. Farrar, nephew of Son Volt's Jay Farrar, kicks off the album with "God You Don't Need,' a hook laden ode to a relationship gone bad set against a tapestry of strings and an eerily compelling banjo melody. Label mate Bobby Osborne guests on "Tells Me So,' a nod to the bluegrass side of the band's musical sensibilities featuring a lead vocal by mandolinist Justin Wallace. Violinist Brighton delivers the gypsy-tinged instrumental "Johann's Breakdown,' which pulls from jazz and classical progressions, and Wallace delivers the haunting title track, "Where The Dogs Don't Bite.' The dark, but heartfelt song features triple-layered guitar harmonies, stacked vocals and a group sing-along that recalls last call at a corner pub in the rust belt, a fitting closing to this musically diverse and compelling release.

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2017 release. Bobby Osborne is one of bluegrass music's true innovators. His trailblazing work with The Osborne Brothers, who charted 13 Billboard Country top 100 hits in the 1960s and '70s, took the sounds of the banjo, mandolin and Bobby's one of a kind tenor voice to a mainstream audience. Even at 85 years old, when Bobby Osborne could be resting on his many laurels, he is still driven by a desire to push the musical envelope. This album features an all-star cast of pickers and singers collaborating with Bobby on an eclectic set of songs. Relative newcomers Sierra Hull and Trey Hensley team up with stalwarts Stuart Duncan and Todd Phillips on grass'd up versions of Paint Your Wagon's "They Call The Wind Maria" and the Bee Gees' "I've Gotta Get a Message to You." The never before recorded Darrell Scott song "Kentucky Morning," featuring Rob Ickes, gives a nod to Bobby's heritage while the cover of "Make the World Go Away" with the lush twin fiddles of Buddy Spicher and Matt Combs evokes Music Row circa 1962. Bobby's touring band the Rocky Top X-Press, with sons Wynn, Robby and Bobby Osborne Jr., deliver an updated version of the Osborne Brothers' classic "Pathway of Teardrops" while Ronnie and Robbie McCoury, together with Josh Williams and Missy Raines, collaborate on a version of the obscure Mel Tillis song "Goodbye Wheeling." Additional performers include Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale, Del McCoury, Darrell Scott, David Mayfield, Molly Tuttle, Bryan McDowell, and Kenny Malone. About the new music Bobby has this to say: "We [The Osborne Brothers] didn't want to sound like nobody else. And that's the way I want to be on this CD, too."
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Expanded edition of this 2016 solo release from the Toad The Wet Sprocket frontman. This updated edition of the album features the bonus track "Nobody's Gonna Get Hurt" which was co-written with Lori McKenna and showcases backing vocals from Amber Rubarth. Swallowed By The New is the most intensely personal album of his career, reflecting his mastery for converting raw emotion into sound. Taking on life's difficult transitions, Phillips delivers some of his most vulnerable songs yet. Phillips has been making music for over two decades, starting as the 14-yearold frontman of Toad the Wet Sprocket. Since then, he's accumulated an esteemed body of work comprising eight albums with Toad (which collectively have sold close to four million units) and three as a solo artist. ABC News had this to say of his solo work, "Songwriting-wise, Phillips continues to come off like an American answer to Crowded House's Neil Finn. Both men are masters at delivering dense, seemingly effortlessly-crafted songs rich with context and depth."
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Limited 140gm vinyl LP pressing. Noam Pikelny PLAYS KENNY BAKER PLAYS BILL MONROE is the Grammy nominated banjoist's third recording for Compass Records. It follows on the heels of 2011's Grammy-nominated Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail. Upon release, the album hit both the Billboard Top Heatseekers and Bluegrass album charts and was the focus of a Funny or Die parody video starring Pikelny with appearances from Steve Martin, Ed Helms, Earl Scruggs, Chris Thile, Gillian Welch, and others. Pikelny is also the inaugural winner of the 2010 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass which earned him an appearance on the Letterman Show. Pikelny will be on tour throughout the year in support of the album with a band that includes Byran Sutton (guitar), Jesse Cobb (mandolin), Barry Bales (bass), and Luke Bulla (fiddle).
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Noam Pikelny

Beat The Devil & Carry A Rail

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Noam Pikelny is undeniably the next big thing to happen to the 5-string banjo. A player of unparalleled technique, Noam confounds listeners with his mastery of the instrument. As a member of Punch Brothers he has helped to broaden the awareness of the banjo in the mainstream, earning the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music and a coveted appearance on Late Night with David Letterman in the process.
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Dirk Powell

When I Wait For You

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2020 release. Dirk Powell has achieved near legendary status in the international roots music scene. His bonds with Louisiana and with the mountains of Kentucky are unmistakable - but so is his far-reaching vision and ability to translate the essence of tradition for modern audiences that need the timeless and sustaining messages that tradition brings. When I Wait For You blends his deep understanding of American roots music with a unique ability to weave traditional sounds into a contemporary musical tapestry. The result is one of the year's freshest and most engaging contemporary folk albums. The album's 13 tracks of mostly original material showcase Powell's gritty vocals and penchant for catchy melody set against a soundscape of fiddles, accordion, whistles, harmonica, and rhythm section, with Powell's vocal performances reminiscent of Levon Helm in one moment and his mentor, Cajun legend Dewey Balfa, in the next. Donald Shaw (Capercaillie) produced the album which was recorded in Louisiana and Scotland and features special guests Rhiannon Giddens, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins, Mike McGoldrick, and John McCusker.
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Royal Traveller

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2018 release. On Royal Traveler, award-winning bassist Missy Raines comes into her own as a vocalist and songwriter on a collection of songs that reflect the breadth of her musical vision. The album's title track is a nod to Missy's many years of dedication to her art and the challenges endemic in the pursuit of a musician's life. Co-written with Ed Snodderly, the idea for the song came to Raines as she was driving by herself through a snowstorm. She reached for a vintage makeup case, saw the words Royal Traveler engraved on the handle and felt the power, and irony, of those words speaking directly to her. Over the years and miles, Raines has become a true icon in bluegrass music. But, on her solo projects, she has explored other musical avenues, delving into indie folk, jam grass and jazz-leaning material. Royal Traveller corrals these disparate influences into a project that illustrates the full range of Raines' musicality. The album's first single "Swept Away" is a neo-bluegrass affair written by Laurie Lewis and featuring the First Ladies of Bluegrass: Missy, Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, Becky Buller and the album's producer Alison Brown, all of whom, like Missy, were the first women in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association to win Instrumentalist of the Year awards on their respective instruments. Other stand out tracks include a cover of the Bonnie Raitt song "Fearless Love" featuring Tim O'Brien on lead and harmony vocals and backed by the legendary Dan Dugmore on lap steel, and "Goodbye Virginia" penned by Robbie Fulks, with whom Missy occasionally tours, featuring lead and harmony vocals from The Steel Wheel's Trent Wagler.
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Kim Scanlon

Night Songs & Lullabies

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Seattle area vocalist Kim Scanlon is one of the Northwest's hidden musical treasures. Night Songs & Lullabies was recorded when she was pregnant with her son and is a collection of song from the American songbook - perfect for both parents and children at bedtime. The song titles range from cover of Hoagy Charmichael's Memphis in June and Waters of March by Antonio Carlos Jobim to James Taylor's Close Your Eyes.
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Ron Sexsmith

The Last Rider

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2017 release from the Canadian singer/songwriter. Ron Sexsmith's status as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation has never been in doubt, even from the moment he released his self-titled major-label debut album in 1995. His career arc since then has in some ways been a study in how that pure ability has been handled in the studio. On his 12 albums, Sexsmith has worked with some of music's most celebrated producers - Daniel Lanois, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake, Ray Kennedy, Martin Terefe, Bob Rock and Jim Scott. With all of that experience, it would stand to reason that Sexsmith has learned a thing or two over the years about how to make a record. The Last Rider features 15 new Sexsmith original songs that are by turns happy, sad, romantic, bittersweet, uplifting, spiritual and witty. Recorded at The Bathouse studio on Lake Ontario near Toronto, sessions for the record were a marked change in approach from Sexsmith's previous albums, as he recorded it with the musicians he knows best, his touring band - Don Kerr (drums), Jason Mercer (bass), Dave Matheson (keyboards) and Kevin Lacroix (guitar). The album was produced by Ron and Don Kerr, who have been friends and musical collaborators since they worked together as couriers in the late eighties. "I think my sound has always been a combination of the folk singers and British invasion artists I've always admired," says Ron. "At this point, it's just second nature for me to write short, melodic songs that say everything you want to say. But having my band totally involved on this album maybe brought out more in the songs than on other recent albums. It felt special, anyway." Although Ron Sexsmith has more music to come that is sure to inspire us, for now The Last Rider is the latest addition to a body of work as impressive as any produced in the past quarter-century. Through truth and simplicity, Sexsmith's songs help us get closer to the things that make us better people, meaning that an album like The Last Rider is as necessary now as anything he has ever done.
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Ron Sexsmith

Carousel One [Vinyl]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2015 album from the critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter. Carousel One is the cherished Canadian crooner's first album in two years. It finds Sexsmith in surprising territory for a man often pegged as a downbeat balladeer: he's actually contented. The 16-track album is a warm, deeply involving set of songs that showcases Sexsmith's great empathy and occasional sentimentality, but also his often-overlooked playfulness. Carousel One is probably the most diverse album of Sexsmith's nearly 20-year solo career. Producer Jim Scott assembled a seasoned band to play on the album: bass player Bob Glaub (John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Graham Nash); guitarist Jon Graboff (John Lee Hooker, Dr John); drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris); and keyboard player John McGinty (Neal Casal, Matthew Sweet). Ron has been a critical success since his self-titled debut back in 1995, an album that won the admiration of songwriters such as Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney. Carousel One glides into 2015 with the poignancy and craft that has come to be expected of Ron since ever then.
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Sharon Shannon

Diamond Mountain Sessions

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One of Ireland's hottest musical exports, Sharon Shannon has elevated the accordion to new heights. She take a gigantic artistic leap with this, her 4th album, the Diamond Mountain Sessions. Featuring appearances by CArlos Nunez, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Hothouse Flowers and Steve Earle. E.
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Sylvie Simmons

Blue On Blue (Ofv)

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Vinyl LP pressing. Blue On Blue is the 2020 album by renowned singer, writer and ukulele-player Sylvie Simmons. It's the follow-up to her revelatory 2014 debut Sylvie. The album found Sylvie reuniting with producer Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) in Tucson. Her unforgettable songs, delicate but sensual and bold, earned unanimous praise and rave reviews, with comparisons to a young Marianne Faithfull, a punk Piaf, and a female Leonard Cohen-as well as a prime slot in the 2018 Ethan Hawke/Jesse Peretz movie Juliet Naked, and shout-outs from fellow musicians including Rosanne Cash, Brian Wilson and Elvis Costello. But that first evening, after recording first takes of five of the songs, Sylvie suffered a dreadful accident that left her with multiple broken bones, nerve damage and an unusable left hand. What followed was a long and painful period of surgeries and rehabilitation. Finding herself unable to play several of the songs she'd written for the album with her damaged hand, Sylvie wrote some new songs. She recorded them in different studios in between treatments and her writing work. But listening to Blue On Blue, you'd never know there had been a problem. Seamless and beautiful, with it's memorable songs and spacious, unexpected arrangements, once again it highlights her intimate vocals and intelligent lyrics that at first listen seem dreamy and gentle but hold hidden barbs and pain.
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Solas

Reunion-A Decade Of Solas

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Solas celebrated their 10 year anniversary with a spectacular reunion concert that featured all the band's current and past members. The concert was filmed in front of a live, hometown audience in Philadelphia, PA on September 13, 2005.
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Special Consensus

Chicago Barn Dance

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2020 release. On the heels of their Grammy-nominated, IBMA Album of the Year winner Rivers and Roads, Special Consensus celebrates their 45th anniversary with the release of Chicago Barn Dance. The project is a love note of sorts to Chicago, hometown of the band's founder and banjo player Greg Cahill. Chicago Barn Dance not only establishes Special Consensus as one of Chicago's most prized music treasures but also draws the connection between the Chicago and the evolution of early country and bluegrass music. And 45 years into their journey, Special Consensus continues to epitomize nexus between the Windy City and bluegrass music.

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2014 Bluegrass tribute to late, great singer/songwriter John Denver. COUNTRY BOY showcases Special Consensus at the musical center of each track with a guest cast of Grammy-winning and International Bluegrass Music Association-winning vocalists and instrumentalists. Produced by Alison Brown, the album features a solid 10 song set of Denver hits and lesser known songs. Stand out tracks include 'Country Roads' (with John Cowan sharing lead vocal duties), 'Back Home Again' (with Dale Ann Bradley on a vocal duet), 'Wild Montana Skies' (with reigning Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch) and 'Thank God I'm a Country Boy' done as an instrumental featuring twin fiddles (Michael Cleveland and Buddy Spicher) and twin banjos (Greg Cahill and Alison Brown). Peter Rowan's distinctive step-out vocal on 'Rocky Mountain High' is sure to become a must have for Bluegrass fans as is Jim Lauderdale's countrified rendition of 'Poems, Prayers and Promises.' Other guests include Rhonda Vincent, Rob Ickes and Jason Carter.
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2018 release. The Tannahill Weavers are widely considered Scotland's premier traditional band. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. Now in 2018, The Tannahill Weavers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with the release of their eighteenth album, Orach ("golden" in Gaelic). With Orach (The Golden Anniversary Album), the current line-up of Roy Gullane, Phil Smillie, John Martin and Lorne MacDougall, have brought together colleagues and members past and present to record an album of all new material - traditional and contemporary songs and sets of tunes in the Tannie's distinctive style. The CD booklet contains photos as well as a glossary to understand the traditional songs and extensive liner notes for each song detailing it's origin and performers.
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Molly Tuttle

When You're Ready [Limited Edition Red LP]

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Compass is proud to announce the release of award-winning guitar virtuoso Molly Tuttle's debut album, WHEN YOU'RE READY. An insightful, gifted songwriter who was crowned "Instrumentalist of the Year" at the 2018 Americana Music Awards on the strength of her EP Rise, Tuttle has broken boundaries and garnered the respect of her peers, winning fans for her incredible flatpicking guitar technique and confessional songwriting. Graced with a clear, true voice and a keen melodic sense, the 25-year-old seems poised for a long and exciting career. WHEN YOU'RE READY, produced by Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers) showcases her astonishing range and versatility and shows that she is more than simply an Americana artist.

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Molly Tuttle

Rise (Ep)

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RISE further introduces Molly to a roots music audience who's already enthusiastically embraced and elevated her. A Momentum Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in the instrumentalist category rounded out her 2016, after she clinched first place in Merlefest's prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. Appearances at top-tier festivals including RockyGrass Festival and on programs such as A Prairie Home Companion have expanded her audience, along with almost nonstop touring. Press response has been glowing: a Flatpicking Guitar Magazine cover was followed by praise from The Bluegrass Situation, No Depression, American Songwriter and others. Mostly recently, she's grinning somewhat slyly on Acoustic Guitar Magazine's April 2017 cover. And now, Molly is the first woman in the 27 year history of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards to be nominated for Guitar Player of the Year, the only instrumental category that had not yet nominated a woman. Molly is also nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. And now, Molly is the first woman in the 27 year history of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards to win Guitar Player of the Year. (Molly was also nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.)
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Molly Tuttle

…but i'd rather be with you [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. In March 2020, Nashville-based artist Molly Tuttle experienced the devastating tornado that tore through much of East Nashville, followed by the global pandemic. Tuttle, who grew up in California and has toured as a solo artist for years, suddenly found herself - along with the rest of the musician community - sheltering at home. She found solace in revisiting favorite songs in an attempt to "remind myself why I love music." She conceptualized an idea for a record with renowned LA producer Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird) to be recorded over 2,000 miles apart. Tuttle taught herself how to use Pro Tools, recorded and engineered all of her parts alone at home before sending them to Berg in Los Angeles, who enlisted legendary session musicians to add instrumentation in their respective home studios. "This is how the astronauts do it!" she recalls Berg saying as they sent the files back and forth. The result is 10 tracks that cross the musical spectrum and the decades, from FKA Twigs to Cat Stevens, from Rancid to Karen Dalton, that will be released as... but i'd rather be with you on Compass Records.

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Ushers Island

Usher's Island

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2017 release. Usher's Island brings together two generations of the finest and most influential Irish traditional musicians, stretching back to the acclaimed 1970's era of Planxty, through Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny, and the Bothy Band, through fiddler Paddy Glackin. This next chapter brings in renowned players from the 1990's generation, with Mike McGoldrick (Capercaillie, ex-Flook and Lúnasa) on flute, whistle and uileann pipes and John Doyle (ex-Solas) on guitar and vocal. The resultant self-titled album is imbued with the musical history, both of the place where it was recorded and of the five celebrated members of Usher's Island. Their debut exceeds the expectations that inevitably accompany musicians of this calibre joining forces. The music combines the excitement of the 1970's traditional Irish groups with a modern sensibility informed by a range of influences. There are lively sets of traditional tunes, including tunes from the Goodman Collection, from Donegal fiddle playing brothers John and Mickey Doherty, and from Chieftain's fiddler Sean Keane. The songs range from fresh takes on the traditional Molly Ban, The Wild Rover and Bean Pháidín-which Dónal Lunny revisits 44 years after recording it with Planxty-to captivating originals by Andy Irvine and by John Doyle.

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Waifs

Ironbark

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2 CD, four panel wallet with an 8 panel folder insert including liner notes, lyrics and photos. Beloved Australian folk rock band, The Waifs, are celebrating their 25 year anniversary by releasing the 2-CD set, IRONBARK, on March 3rd. Recorded live & acoustic at Josh's picturesque home in the bushland of South Coast NSW, Australia the album really captures the essence of the Waifs' music and the essence of who they are today as artists: Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn, Josh Cunningham with Ben Franz and David MacDonald around a couple of mics with their guitars, a makeshift junk kit & a double bass, pressing record and playing. A trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums in Australia and successful tours across the world, including touring with Bob Dylan, Keith Urban and the John Butler Trio. Haring the stage with Of Monsters and Men, Milk Carton Kids, Choir Choir Choir!, Kings of Leon; being publicly cited as an influence by artists as distinct as James Hetfield of Metallica, Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers, Troy Sanders of Mastodon, and The Infamous Stringdusters; as well as the completion of a documentary film about his career entitled Waiting for My Real Life, named for one of his best known solo recordings. Now finding himself in the unprecedented place of having both '80s fame and indie credibility, it's possible that Hay has delivered the defining album of his solo career.
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The Waifs

Beautiful You [Vinyl]

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Beloved Australian folk rock band The Waifs will be releasing BEAUTIFUL YOU on August 14th. Produced by Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Peal Jam, Powderfinger), the album was written between the USA and Australia by The Waifs' songwriting trifecta of Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn and Josh Cunningham. The resulting 12-song collection merges the three separate songwriters into a cohesive, roots-rock musical feast. Along with bassist Ben Franz and drummer David Ross Macdonald, the five-piece outfit created an album that echoes with both wisdom and pop appeal.
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Victor Wooten

Live In America

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Victor Wooten has become a living legend on the electric bass. As a member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, he has been astounding audiences for years. Live in America is the album the Victor Wooten fans have been crazy for. This 2-CD specially priced set is filled with jaw-dropping performances captured at Victor's live shows over the past five years.
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Amy Ray

Holler (Bonus Track) [Limited Edition 2LP]

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Limited double vinyl LP pressing including bonus track. 2018 release. Amy Ray, one-half of Grammy-winning folk duo Indigo Girls, releases Holler, her sixth solo album. Featuring 14 original tracks, Holler is inspired by traditional country, Southern rock, mountain music, gospel and bluegrass. Recorded with Ray's touring band at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, the album features vocal cameos by Vince Gill, Brandi Carlile, Justin Vernon and Rutha Mae Harris of The Freedom Singers and more. Ray explores love, addiction, immigration, despair, honky tonks, lie on the road, being born in the midst of the civil rights movement, and the constant struggle to find balance. Ray says: "The band and I recorded Holler live to analog tape at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, over a 10 day period in January 2018. There is a tip of the hat to the great Jim Ford 1969 release, Harlan County. With songs inspired by, the film Winters Bone; and the Appalachian poet Byron Herbert Reece; as well as the great writer, Toni Cade Bambara. Following my first 2104 country record, which was my 5th solo studio release, this record is a natural progression from the stillness of a Goodnight Tender to the friction, freedom and restlessness of a Holler, with the addition of strings and horns to bring the swagger.

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Altan

Best Of Altan

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Irish music full of heart, imagination and respect for tradition is the best way to describe Altan. This collection includes a Limited Edition Bonus CD recorded live in Germany 1989 as well as their best known classics.
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Martin Hayes

Welcome Here Again

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WELCOME HERE AGAIN is Hayes and Cahill's first new studio album in ten years. It was once common for Irish musicians to record one tune at a time, to make each one a self-contained masterpiece. Coleman did it. Morrison did it. Martin Hayes is not of their stature - not yet anyway- but together with Dennis Cahill he aspires to the same musical crucible which renders the essence of the tunes, revealed in their purest form, accessible and appealing to all. The mesmeric rhythms, the tantalizing slow release of melody, the extra tone from viola or tuned-down fiddle, all of that and more is on this album. After almost ten years, Hayes and Cahill are indeed WELCOME HERE AGAIN.
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Martin Hayes

Lonesome Touch

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This highly anticipated debut album captures the astonishing musical kinship between 2 master players. In the manner of great jazz duos, fiddlers Martin Hayes and Dennis and Cahill inspire and urge each other on. They will be performing at major celtic festivals in the U.S. and Europe this summer. Servicing to public, new age and celtic-specialty radio.
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Eileen Ivers

So Far-Collection 1979-95

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Among the foremost fiddlers of her generation, Eileen Ivers has expanded the boundaries of traditional Celtic music throughout her illustrious career which includes a featured role in the international phenomenon Riverdance. This album tracks the evolution of this artist, a stunning musical document of Eileen Iver's journey... so far.
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Bothy Band

1975

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Few Irish folk bands had the intense fire in their bellies that The Bothy Band did-and never did it heat up more than on their 1975 debut. This was their only LP with Donegal's Tommy Peoples on fiddle; his electrifying work is heard on the Butterfly; Julia Delaney; Do You Love an Apple; Patsy Geary's/Coleman's Cross, and more songs, jigs and reels!
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Bothy Band

After Hours

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There was no doubt in anyone's mind that siblings Míchaeál O Domhnaill and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, rhythm genius Dónal Lunny, piping king Paddy Keenan, flute virtuoso Matt Molloy, and brilliant fiddler Kevin Burke stood at the very summit of the Celtic music - a group admired by all, imitated by many, surpassed by none. It was inevitable that the group would record a live album (in that bastion of Celtic music, Paris, France!) producing a wild, uninhibited set of music, played with verve, and captured with truly great sonics.
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Pas Fiddle Primer

Pa's Fiddle Primer

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On January 6th, 2012 a concert based on the music written about in the Little House on the Prairie series of books by author Laura Ingalls Wilder, was filmed at the Loveless Barn in Franklin, TN before a live audience, for broadcast by the PBS television network. Artists performing on the concert include award-winning musician and musical director Randy Scruggs and an all-star string band featuring Matt Combs, Dennis Crouch, Chad Cromwell, Hoot Hester and Shad Cobb, along with featured artists Randy Travis, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, Ashton Shepherd, the Roys, Natalie Grant and Committed (NBC Sing Off Champions). Dean Butler ("Almanzo" on the Little House on the Prairie TV show) and Dale Cockrell (President of Pa's Fiddle Recordings) have teamed up to produce this unique show that will feature these top-level artists performing and giving their best interpretations of the great American songs and tunes loved by Pa and Laura Ingalls during their lifetime. To commemorate the occasion, a brand new album is now released by Pa's Fiddle Recordings titled Pa's Fiddle: American Fiddler the album, which features songs chronicled in the Little House books, helps place Charles Ingalls among the first rank of old-time fiddlers whose influence is foundational to so much of modern American music. It tells of the power of music to transcend the years, as the "old" songs of Pa Ingalls becomes new again through exciting and dynamic performances by some of the today's finest acoustic musicians. Great American songs on the CD include "Buffalo Gals, " "When Johnny Comes Marching Home, " "Polly Put the Kettle On, " "Life Let US Cherish, " "All the Blue Bonnets, " "Golden Years Are Passing By, " "Boatmen's Dance, " "Mary of the Wild Moor, " "The Campbell's Are Coming, " "Haste to the Wedding, " and more.
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On January 6th, 2012 a concert based on the music written about in the Little House on the Prairie series of books by author Laura Ingalls Wilder, was filmed at the Loveless Barn in Franklin, TN before a live audience, for broadcast by the PBS television network. Artists performing on the concert include award-winning musician and musical director Randy Scruggs and an all-star string band featuring Matt Combs, Dennis Crouch, Chad Cromwell, Hoot Hester and Shad Cobb, along with featured artists Randy Travis, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, Ashton Shepherd, the Roys, Natalie Grant and Committed (NBC Sing Off Champions). Dean Butler ("Almanzo" on the Little House on the Prairie TV show) and Dale Cockrell (President of Pa's Fiddle Recordings) have teamed up to produce this unique show that will feature these top-level artists performing and giving their best interpretations of the great American songs and tunes loved by Pa and Laura Ingalls during their lifetime. To commemorate the occasion, a brand new album is now released by Pa's Fiddle Recordings titled Pa's Fiddle: American Fiddler the album, which features songs chronicled in the Little House books, helps place Charles Ingalls among the first rank of old-time fiddlers whose influence is foundational to so much of modern American music. It tells of the power of music to transcend the years, as the "old" songs of Pa Ingalls becomes new again through exciting and dynamic performances by some of the today's finest acoustic musicians. Great American songs on the CD include "Buffalo Gals, " "When Johnny Comes Marching Home, " "Polly Put the Kettle On, " "Life Let US Cherish, " "All the Blue Bonnets, " "Golden Years Are Passing By, " "Boatmen's Dance, " "Mary of the Wild Moor, " "The Campbell's Are Coming, " "Haste to the Wedding, " and more.
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Theodore Bikel

While I'm Here

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Theodore Bikel - While I'm Here - While I'm Here is a 2-CD celebration of the late Theodore Bikel, the legendary Austrian-born, American artist whose 70-plus-year career encompassed stage and film acting, songwriting and performance (folk and Broadway), with albums on Elektra, Reprise, and other labels. Known for his talent and stamina, he played Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof in over 2000 performances. Along with co-founding the Newport Folk Festival and mentoring generations of younger folk artists such as Judy Collins and Peter Yarrow, Bikel was a passionate human rights advocate, labor leader, Jewish activist and supporter of Israel. - Disc one is entirely spoken word and is dedicated to Bikel's reflections and remembrances of his rich and eventful life. Disc two is a 17-song career musical retrospective spanning his early work through his last recordings made during his 90th birthday concert in 2014 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.
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David Bromberg Band

Big Road [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter David Bromberg isn't standing still. He is still pushing boundaries, still an iconoclast, still unapologetically unique, as he continues to explore his life's journey via a path that might be considered 'asymmetrical'. His musical expression is still inimitable and his scope of knowledge is encyclopedic.

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Chastity Brown

Silhouette Of Sirens

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Limited vinyl LP pressing includes digital download that contains one track not included on the vinyl edition. 2017 release. An artist who can plumb the depths of sadness in a single note, then release it in the very next breath, Chastity Brown melds folk, pop, soul and gospel on Silhouette of Sirens, weaving together a poet's lyrical ear and a raw soul-laid-bare quality. The album's 10 original tracks introduce us to an exciting new voice - a songwriter of power and conviction who isn't afraid to bare her heart as she sings of heartbreak, need and love. With an electrifying voice that thrums with emotion, she creates moods by layering her sprawling melodies over pulsing rhythms and soaring choruses. Raised in Tennessee, she now calls Minnesota home. As a bi-racial woman she writes from the cultural experience and perspective of "being just as much one thing as the other... The feeling of being within, yet apart." Straddling worlds and musical genres, Brown's emotionally charged songs are unforgettable and transforming.
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Greg Brown

Evening Call

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"Straight-forward, deep, rich, crusty, world-weary, been-there-done-it - Mojo" Long-awaited, the fresh new album from the foremost singer-songwriter of his generation. Richly dark poetry with a raw Americana sound. Recorded and produced in Memphis by renowned roots music master Bo Ramsey.
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Greg Brown

In The Hills Of California

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Greg Brown returns with IN THE HILLS OF CALIFORNIA a live CD recorded at California's Kate Wolf Music Festival featuring 2-CDs worth of music plus 8 all new songs. Proceeds of this CD go to support the Jugalbandi, a "music and arts as education" program in northern California.
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Greg Brown

Further In

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This album has a freaky-lookin' fingerpainted and scribbled cover. That's about all I can tell you, because I haven't received the record or the bio yet (the ad I saw had a picture of the cover). We bought a bunch of copies, so I figure they're expecting this one to sell.
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Greg Brown

Iowa Waltz

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Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Contraband Love

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2017 release. Multi-instrumentalist/singer Larry Campbell and singer/guitarist Teresa Williams have long provided musical firepower for fellow artists including Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Little Feat, Phil Lesh and Friends, and Rosanne Cash. When the duo stepped onto center stage in 2015 with their Red House Records debut, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, the response was immediate: the release placed them atop the Americana radio charts, Mojo called them "The first couple of Americana" and Uncut gave the album 9/10 stars, describing it as "Passionate, eloquent, spilling over with regal harmonies... channeling Emmylou and Gram." In January 2017, armed with a new collection of Campbell originals, the pair headed back into the studio with longtime drummer/engineer Justin Guip and new bassist Jesse Murphy to record their follow up. Contraband Love represents a leap forward for Larry and Teresa as they dive even more deeply into their shared pool of musical and life experience. Williams continues to impress as a vocalist, turning in stunning performances on Campbell originals "Contraband Love" and "Save Me From Myself." Her interpretive skills are showcased on two surprising covers: the Carl Perkins classic "Turn Around" (featuring drumming by Levon Helm on one of his last sessions), and "My Sweetie Went Away," penned in 1923 and popularized by Bessie Smith. High octane originals "Hit & Run Driver" and "The Wishing Well" give Campbell ample room to show off his vocal prowess as well as his legendary dexterity as a guitarist. Campbell particularly shines on his soul ballad "When I Stop Loving You," co-written with Stax Records songwriting legend and recent Grammy winner William Bell. Building on the bedrock of album one, Contraband Love features adventurous songwriting, powerful new interpretations of their blues and gospel influences, sterling musicianship and some achingly vulnerable vocals by Teresa and Larry as they tackle emotionally stormy themes of love and betrayal.

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TRACKS: 1. Surrender to Love 2. Bad Luck Charm 3. Another One More Time 4. Down on My Knees 5. You're Running Wild 6. Everybody Loves You 7. Did You Love Me at All 8. Ain't Nobody For Me 9. Midnight Highway 10. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning 11. Attics of My Life (Note: Vinyl LP: same tracks in a different sequence)
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Davina & The Vagabonds

Sugar Drops

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2019 release. Sugar Drops is the first album on Red House Records from Davina and the Vagabonds and marks the first time singer/songwriter/pianist Davina Sowers entered a proper studio to record an album. The Minneapolis-based artist holed up in Nashville's Compass Sound Studio with producer (and Compass Records co-founder) Garry West, along with her trumpeter, string arranger and husband, Zack Lozier, and a rotating cast of powerhouse players including Todd Phillips (David Grisman, Robbie Fulks) on bass, Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Tom Jones) on guitar and Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa) on Hammond B3. Sugar Drops is distillation of bluesy barroom baritone and bravado, graveyard jazz grooves, and noir-ish confessional lyricism backed by boisterous piano, guitar, and strings. Eclectic, engaging and instilled with a deep respect and knowledge for the Great American Songbook.

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Davina & The Vagabonds

Sugar Drops [LP]

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SUGAR DROPS is the first album on Red House Records from Davina and the Vagabonds and marks the first time singer/songwriter/pianist Davina Sowers entered a proper studio to record an album. The Minneapolis-based artist holed up in Nashville's Compass Sound Studio with producer (and Compass Records co-founder) Garry West, along with her trumpeter, string arranger and husband, Zack Lozier, and a rotating cast of powerhouse players including Todd Phillips (David Grisman, Robbie Fulks) on bass, Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Tom Jones) on guitar and Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa) on Hammond B3. SUGAR DROPS is distillation of bluesy barroom baritone and bravado, graveyard jazz grooves, and noir-ish confessional lyricism backed by boisterous piano, guitar, and strings. Eclectic, engaging and instilled with a deep respect and knowledge for the Great American Songbook, SUGAR DROPS is the actualization of longstanding intent for Davina. "It represents about 100 years of Americana; I did exactly what I wanted to do," she says. Davina and the band are constantly on the road, touring throughout the world they've earned feverish acclaim from the Chicago Tribune, NPR, and more in addition to performing on BBC's international favorite late-night program Later... with Jools Holland and appearing on PBS's Bluegrass Underground.

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Guy Davis

Butt Naked Free

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Butt Naked Free is not only refreshing but one of Guy Davis' best album ever. Featuring a steamy mixed bag of roots and blues. A must hear.
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Cliff Eberhardt

High Above & The Down Below

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The master songwriter and singer returns with the strongest collection of new songs in his career. The recording showcases a new updated sound that highlights his pop and jazz influences without divorcing his loyal acoustic and folk fan base. This is the comeback release fans have been waiting for since his serious car accident 5 years ago. Backed by a solid new management team, Cliff initiates an artistic renaissance with this great CD!
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Cliff Eberhardt

School For Love

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Solid verteran singer/songwriter, Cliff Eberhardt' s latest effrot School for Love, is a his most heart-felt and radio-friendly yet. Must have folk music fans!
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Cliff Eberhardt

12 Songs Of Good & Evil

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This Red House Records debut from Cliff Eberhardt has been called his strongest collection of songs to date. "Eberhardt's songs are full of powerful images... gut wrenching love songs and joyous romps." - CMJ New Music Report. Servicing to Americana, college, folk and public radio.
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Folkscene Collection

Vol. 2-Folkscene Collection

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The Folk Scene Collection, Vol. II, features more historical audiophile-quality master performances from the archives of the Los Angeles radio show that was "unplugged" 25 years before any one invented the word. Artists featured: Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Stan Rogers, Greg Brown, Greg Brown, Tom Russell, Chris Hillman, Patty Larkin, Jim Lauderdale, Peter Case, Eliza Gikyson and Stephen Fearing.
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Folkscene Collection

Vol. 3-Folkscene Collection

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Incredible liv performances from the legendary archives of "Folkscene!" Artists featured: Cheryl Wheler, Guy Davis, Kate Wolf, Bryndle, David Lindley & Wally Ingram, Loreena McKennit and more!
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Folkscene Collection

Folkscene Collection

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Howard & Roz Larman's Folk Scene show on KPFK in Los Angeles has been a radio institution for 28 years. Just about every touring folk/roots artist has appeared on this show at some time or another. The archives are a true treasure trove, this album is a celebration of the Larman's love and devotion to acoustic, folk and roots music. Artist featured: Richard Thompson, Dar Williams, Dave Alvin, Bruce Cockburn, Iris DeMent, John Gorka, Kat & Anna McGarrigle, Lowen & Navarro, Tish Hinojosa, Mary Black and more!
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Eliza Gilkyson

2020

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2020 release from the folk singer/songwriter. Produced by Eliza's son, Cisco Ryder, 2020 features songs designed to be audience sing-a-longs in the Pete Seeger tradition of motivational political anthems from the call for unity of "Peace in Our Hearts," to condemnations of President Trump's policies with "Sooner or Later" and "My Heart Aches." Gilkyson also recorded two folk favorites: Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." Gilkyson's new song, "Beach Haven," was drawn from a letter written by Woody Guthrie in 1952 directed to Beach Haven Apartment's landlord Fred Trump (POTUS' father) regarding his racist, segregationist renter policies. The song is Guthrie's invitation to Trump to "open your doors" and "rip out the strangling red tape" that keeps the apartment from embracing all races.

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Eliza Gilkyson

Secularia

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. Secularia is renowned Grammy-nominated folksinger Eliza Gilkyson's 20th album. Gilkyson's music, in the classic folk music tradition, has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in. Secularia is a collection of spiritually charged songs that do not fit within the parameters of traditional religious beliefs, challenging us to embrace a more inclusive perspective, to respect all life and to be accountable for our actions in these divisive times. The album features a stunning performance with the internationally acclaimed Tosca String Quartet, (David Byrne, Bob Schneider), vocal cameos by Shawn Colvin and gospel singer Sam Butler, and a duet with her friend, the late Jimmy LaFave, as well as two songs adapted from poetry written by her grandmother, Phoebe Hunter Gilkyson, co-written with Eliza's father, folksinger Terry Gilkyson. Recorded with what she calls a "spare urban folk approach," the album features songs of grief, gratitude and wonder. As always, she's assembled a group of some of Austin's finest players to back her in the studio: Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson), Warren Hood, Kym Warner (The Green Cards), Andre Moran, Mike Hardwick (Jon Dee Graham, Charlie Sexton), Betty Soo and more.
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Eliza Gilkyson

Nocturne Diaries

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2014 album from the Grammy-nominated singer / songwriter. THE NOCTURNE DIARIES is Eliza Gilkyson's first album in three years and rides the wave of her on-going world touring, both solo and with her folk super trio, Red Horse (Eliza, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplanksy). Known for her powerful, emotional songwriting, the 12-track NOCTURNE DIARIES sounds an uplifting message that emphasizes our common humanity and oneness.
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Eliza Gilkyson

Roses At The End Of Time

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Eliza Gilkyson delivers the album of her career with Roses at the End of Time.
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Eliza Gilkyson

Beautiful World

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The stunning new album by one of the reigning queens of modern roots music... and her first studio recording since her acclaimed PARADISE HOTEL. Each of Gilkyson's studio releases has topped the previous title and has gone into solid and long-term rotation on roots and Americana radio. BEAUTIFUL WORLD will continue the trend with it's radio-friendly songs - an evocative blend of the upbeat, sensual, dark and deep. To add to the excitement, Eliza's regular band is augmented here by some of Americana's best player: Cindy Cashdollar, John Inman, David Grissom, Alana Jones and more.
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Eliza Gilkyson

Your Town Tonight

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Eliza's many ardent fans will love this, her first-ever live CD! a beautiful, exquisitely-mastered recording, it finds the singer/songwriter backed by her great band: guitarist Mike Hardwick, bassist Glen Fukunaga and drummer Cisco Ryder. Bluesman Ray Bonneville also makes an appearance. Recorded in concerts in Texas, Massachusetts and Amsterdam, Eliza delivers stunning new takes on classics from her pre-Red House years, plus covers of Bob Dylan's "Jokerman" and her late father Terry Gilkyson's classic "Green Fields".
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Eliza Gilkyson

Paradise Hotel

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Recently nominated for a Grammy in the Contemporary Folk category for her album LAND OF MILK AND HONEY, this stunning Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter returns with PARADISE HOTEL. Featuring special guest appearances by Shawn colin and Slaid Cleaves.
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Eliza Gilkyson

Land Of Milk & Honey

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Folk musician Eliza Gilkyson releases her latest effort LAND OF MILK AND HONEY, descirbed as " radio friendly... yet very political" featuring 10 mezmerizing original songs featuring guest vocal appearances by: Patti Griffin, Iris Dement, Slaid Cleaves & Mary Chapin Carpenter. "Edgy lyrics and poetic imagination... Eliza Gilkyson is making folk music for the 21st century and it's a delightful thing to hear - Austin Chronicle"
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Eliza Gilkyson

Lost & Found

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This is the first release by Eliza Gilkyson since her critically-acclaimed CD, Hard Times in Babylon. This is folk music at it's finest.
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Eliza Gilkyson

Hard Times In Babylon

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After writing songs for Rosanne Cash, touring with Dan Fogelberg, and recording with John Doe, she gives US a stunning collection of twelve gutsy, rootsy, passionate songs including the American friendly tracks "Beauty Way" and "Highway".
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Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky come together as Red Horse on this brand-new collaborative project from three of the most revered songwriters in folk music. Inspiring and paving the road for countless musicians and songwriters on the road today, having these three talents converge on one record is a folk fan's dream album. Red Horse's sparse instrumentation allows these three distinctive voices to carry the magic of the music that is awash in great harmonies and songwriting. Each of these legendary singer/songwriters solos on classics first made famous by the other two members. Lucy gives a haunting performance of Eliza's "Sanctuary," John takes the lead on Lucy's "Don't Mind Me" while Eliza performs John's "Forget to Breathe" which has never been released on Red House before. Red Horse showcases new material from all three, covers they have never before recorded as well as revisiting and rearranging a couple of early classics. Red Horse is the result of three veteran songwriters and good friends coming together to make music. With Red Horse Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, and Lucy Kaplansky give us a collection of songs that solidifies their place as three of folk music's great songwriters.
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All-star tribute to folk legend Greg Brown!! Featuring tracks by: Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Gillian Elch, Shawn Colvin, Peak and others.
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John Gorka

True In Time [Digipak]

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2018 release. After 14 critically acclaimed albums, countless national and international tours, and collaborations with the likes of Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ani DiFranco, Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, and many more, John Gorka is now releasing True In Time, a 12 song collection he put together with long time producer, Rob Genadek. The result of three days of "musical commotion" with a group of regular collaborators assembled by Genadek, the songs on True In Time span a lyrical spectrum from the spirit lives of dogs, to the people of the Taos Pueblo, to the idea that all songs manifest in time. Another special element are two lost songs, "Blues with A Rising Sun" and "Red Eye & Roses" both recovered by fan recordings that John felt found a place with his more recent compositions. The album was recorded "old school" with the musicians all playing together in one place, making up their own parts in the moment or in reaction to the demos he and Genendek had circulated prior to recording. The result is a lively, immediate listening experience certain to find a treasured spot in the collection of long time fans.
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John Gorka

Before Beginning

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Since his 1987 Red House release, I Know, introduced renowned artist John Gorka to the public, the Minnesotavia-New Jersey guitarist and songwriter's insight, wit and honesty has made him one of the most respected, beloved songwriters currently carrying on the folk tradition. With the insight that comes with hindsight, John has decided to share his very first studio sessions, a collection of songs recorded in Nashville at Cowboy Jack Clements' studio in 1985 with producer Jim Rooney (John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement). Still finding his way, John decided to go a different direction and the sessions were never released. Before Beginning, The Unreleased I Know - Nashville, 1985, brings these never-before-heard, studio versions of John's earliest material to the public after three decades. Recorded spontaneously with a full band of top Nashville players - and Shawn Colvin and Lucy Kaplansky on harmony vocals- these sessions provide a fascinating look into the road not taken, an alternate musical direction this now well-known artist chose to forego. Featuring nine of the 12 songs that would be on his debut album I Know, there's also a full band version of "Geza's Wailing Ways," a track that first appeared in 1983 on a Fast Folk compilation. With extensive liner notes and reminiscences by Gorka, we see the seasoned songwriter, now 13 critically acclaimed albums into his career, revisiting his first foray into a professional studio as an aspiring 25-year-old. Even though it is an older recording, it's a fresh take on the songs, many considered Gorka's finest.
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John Gorka

Bright Side Of Down

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John Gorka is back with Bright Side of Down! The record is a rich listening experience with that classic "Gorka-esque" sound that's witty, insightful, and universal. Featuring 11 new originals and one cover, it also includes guest vocals by Eliza Gilkyson, Claudia Schmidt, Lucy Kaplansky, and Michael Johnson, rounding out this masterpiece.
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John Gorka

So Dark You See

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John Gorka is one of the stalwarts of contemporary folk and his work has always stood at the forefront of the genre. SO DARK YOU SEE is his first album in 3 years and it's vibrant production takes the artist into new sounds that give the project a fresh and current appeal. It also features some of the strongest and most radio-friendly new songs of his career.
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John Gorka

Writing In The Margins

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Provactive and arresting new songs from one of the principle singers and songers of contemporary folk. John Gorka returns with his most compelling release yet, featuring guest appearances by Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky and Alice Peacock.
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John Gorka

Old Futures Gone

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The "preemeninent male singer/songwriters of the New Folk movement - Rolling Stone" makes his 3 finest most accessible recording to date with OLD FORTURES GONE. Featuring 14 new songs with infectious melodies, meaningful lyrics and gentle grooves destined to take up permanent residence in the CD changers of acoustic music fans. With guest vocal appearances by Alice Peacock and Lucy Kaplansky!
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John Gorka

Company You Keep

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A stunning new release from the artist that Rolling Stone has called "the preeminent male singer/songwriter of the New Folk Movement." Special guest performances by Ani DiFranco, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucy kaplansky and Patti Larkin.
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John Gorka

I Know

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Lucy Kaplansky

Reunion

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As one of the best loved musicians in folk music, Lucy Kaplansky is a top-tier songwriter and highly acclaimed performer whose 7th album on Red House Records, Reunion is an eloquent masterpiece. Mixing vibrant melodies with Americana/folk rhythms, the record explores family history and where we come from with pop and country-tinged hooks that have come to define Lucy's timeless sound. The title song Reunion celebrates Lucy's pioneering immigrant grandmother and her journey from Poland to Toronto, where the matriarch and business woman founded the Health Bread Bakery chain in the early 20th century. Depicted on the album cover in a painting by noted political cartoonist Avrom Yanovsky (one of the original bakery workers and father to Lovin Spoonful's Zal Yanovsky), the bakery was the center of the Kaplansky family's life. Like the title track, each song on Reunion tells it's own unique story. Lucy and co-writer Richard Litvin connect US to our common humanity through songs of family, origins, loss and discovery-from watching parents pass on (I ll See You Again and Sleep Well), to witnessing a daughter blossom (Mother's Day), to chronicling the journey of an abandoned child refugee (the radio-friendly Scavenger). These poignant originals are woven with unique covers of Eliza Gilkyson, Woody Guthrie, Amy Correia and the Beatles. Together these tracks create a tapestry that is at turns deeply moving, joyful, meditative and rollicking, Reunion is the album that fans have been waiting for.
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Lucy Kaplansky

Over The Hills

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Long one of America's most popular and acclaimed Roots/Folk artists, Lucy Kaplansky returns with OVER THE HILLS, a CD well worth the 3-year hiatus since her last album. A rich country mix of great originals and classics by June Carter Cash, Bryan Ferry, Ian Tyson, Loudon Wainwright III and Julie Miller, this CD is one of the Roots/Folk events of 2007.
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Lucy Kaplansky

Red Thread

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Folk singer/songwriter, Lucy Kaplansky returns with THE RED THREAD, a collection 10 new songs with lush melodies, meaningful lyrics and gentle grooves.
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Jorma Kaukonen

Ain't In No Hurry

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2015 album from the guitarist best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Jorma returns with his third solo album on Red House Records, Ain't in No Hurry, a knock out collection of songs that show Jorma remains at the top of his game. Ain't in No Hurry is a blend of American roots, blues, rockers and Jorma originals including a lost Woody Guthrie lyric that Jorma and producer Larry Campbell put to music. Each song frames Jorma's life and development as an artist and where he is at today. With a cast of musicians that includes longtime Hot Tuna partner, Jack Casady, Barry Mitterhoff, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, and the rhythm section of Myron Hart and Justin Guip, Ain't in No Hurry is an instant classic.
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Jorma Kaukonen

River Of Time

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While he is probably best known for his role as an electric guitarist in Jefferson Airplane during the late 60's/early 70's and as a founding member of the acoustic blues/rock group Hot Tuna, Kaukonen is also considered by many to be one of the preeminent practitioners of the Piedmont finger-picking style of acoustic blues. 'River of Time' finds the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee not only highlighting his renewed passion to write and perform new material, but we're also shown his continuing desire to pay tribute to his country/acoustic blues roots. Whether through his own words or through the songs of artists both past and present, on River of Time the waters of Jorma Kaukonen's music not only run true they run deep.
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Jimmy Lafave

Cimarron Manifesto

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Austin, Texas legend and the king of soulful "Red Dirt" roots music returns with a panoramic collection of songs, spine-tingling ballads and all-out rockers that muse on/celebrate the restless American soul. Whether singing an aching song of the road, or a topical song taking a hard look at the war and our changing cultural landscape, or doing an innovative cover of a familiar classic by Donovan, Dylan or Joe South, this is Jimmy at his most cohesive and realized.
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Jimmy Lafave

Blue Nightfall

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BLUE NIGHTFALL is the first album in nearly 4 years from "one of America's greatest voices - Dave Marsh" Jimmy LaFave. Texas-born, Oklahoma-raised, he is one of the iconic voices of the Lone Star STate and a preeminent figure in Texas music. Twice-named "Singer-Songwriter of the Year" in Austin, his music is an intoxicating blend of soul folk and rock.
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The Mastersons

No Time For Love Songs [LP]

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The Mastersons are singer-songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore. Longtime members of Steve Earle's band the Dukes, the musical and marital twosome make inspired albums of their own vivid, deeply humanistic songs. Their fourth album, No Time for Love Songs, marks the 10th anniversary of their partnership and creative journey with a collection of songs that could easily serve as the soundtrack to our lives-or at least one version of it. Produced by Shooter Jennings and recorded at L.A.'s legendary Sunset Sound Recorders, the album was engineered and mixed by five-time Grammy Award-winning engineer, Ryan Freeland.No Time for Love Songs explores the emotional challenges of a morally compromised era, and reflects the experiences that the pair has accumulated in their travels. Those experiences helped to inspire the big-hearted songcraft of such compelling new tunes as "Spellbound," "Circle the Sun," "Eyes Open Wide," "The Silver Line," "There Is A Song to Sing," and the album's poignant title track, and showcase the Mastersons' organic harmonies, stirring melodies and insightful lyrics, which consistently offer clear-eyed optimism in the face of loss and discouragement.

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The Mastersons

Transient Lullaby [Limited Edition LP]

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Limited vinyl LP pressing includes digital download that contains one track not included on the vinyl edition. 2017 release. Don't bother asking The Mastersons where they're from. Brooklyn, Austin, Los Angeles, Terlingua; they've called each home in just the last few years alone. If you really want to get to know this husband-and-wife duo, the better question to ask is where they're going. For the last seven years, The Mastersons have kept up a supremely inexorable touring schedule, performing as both the openers for Steve Earle and as members of his band, The Dukes, in addition to playing their own relentless slate of headline shows and festivals. Written in a slew of different cities around the world, the band's new album, Transient Lullaby, out May 19, 2017 on Red House REcords, is a late-night collection of subtle, evocative performances that showcase the itinerant couple at their absolute finest. Musically, the album is rich with intoxicating harmonies that float above Eleanor Whitmore's stirring string arrangements and Chris Masterson's adroit guitar work, but it's the deeply personal songwriting that always manages to steal the show.
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Ruth Moody

Garden

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Ruth Moody's US solo debut the Garden is a vibrant collection of pop-folk tunes. As one of the founding members of the folk super group the Wailin' Jenny's, she proves herself a strong solo artist with these 12 breathtaking original songs. Her captivatingly sweet voice carries the refreshing melodies and as a multi-instrumentalist each track features a tasteful array of sound that pushes the boundaries of traditional acoustic music.
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Nod To Bob 2

Artists Tribute To Bob Dylan On His 7

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A Nod to Bob 2: An Artists' Tribute to Bob Dylan on His 70th Birthday is THE definitive Dylan tribute from the Grammy-winning folk and roots label, Red House Records. A follow-up to their bestselling 60th birthday album A Nod to Bob, Red House pulls from their all-star roster of some of the most distinguished voices in folk, roots and blues music, assembling a knockout collection of Dylan deep cuts and classics. A Nod to Bob 2 features stunning performances by Hot Tuna, Danny Schmidt, John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, Meg Hutchinson, Lucy Kaplansky and more!
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Nod To Bob-Tribute To Bob Dylan

Nod To Bob-Tribute To Bob Dylan

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An artist's tribut to Bob Dylan on his 60th birthday! Featuring performances by Greg Brown, Cliff Eberhardt, the Paperboys, Spider John Koerner & Dave Ray, Rosalie Sorrels and others.
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Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr [LP]

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"Parr is a folk artist for the new American Dust Bowl, a resonator-ready troubadour armed with a well-worn satchel of troubled tales that cut to the heart of a nation mired in fear and in dire need of a roots-music revival." -Acoustic Guitar "Taking acoustic blues and folk to the darkest edges of town via driving arrangements which emphasize steam-driven tempos and a doom-slinging attitude over spit and Polish studio shine, Parr nonetheless manages to sound both breathtakingly immediate and authentically antiquated at the same time." -No Depression "Charlie Parr has made his career hollering, picking, and stomping his way through the Midwest and beyond, leaving a trail of fine records that feel just a shade away from the great rural folk and blues songs of Harry Smith's epic Anthology of American Folk Music." -AllMusic CHARLIE PARR is the eponymous new album by the Minnesota-based folk blues artist the same name. The album is a collection of new songs and new studio versions of classics/ audience favorites from throughout Parr's career. Recorded at Pachyderm Studio in Canon Falls, MN, CHARLIE PARR features Charlie's trademark resonator guitar and 12-string with co-producer Liz Draper on bass, longtime collaborator Mikkel Beckmen on percussion, Jeff Mitchell on electric guitar, accordion, organ, backing vocals, and Dave Hundrieser on harmonica. The album is an honest and raw recording of Parr reflecting on himself and his career up to this point. It's a musical reckoning that came after a freak accident less than a year ago that forced him to relearn how to play guitar, causing him to take stock of the songs he's written over his lifetime. It's a bit of the new, a bit of the old, and a bit of what's motivated and moved him. Most importantly, it's an audio tour of his life and career to date and a celebration of more songs and stories to come. CHARLIE PARR is a stunning folk record that will surely stand the test of time, just like the man himself.

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Charlie Parr

Dog [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2017 release. Charlie Parr is a singular songwriter who has built a dedicated, grassroots following for his haunting, topical songs and virtuosic picking, not to mention the fact that he's on the road 300 days a year. Based in Duluth, MN, Parr's inspiration is drawn from the alternately fertile and frozen soil of Minnesota; his songs exude a Midwestern sensibility and humility. The combination of growing up with both of his parents working proud union jobs in an industrial meat factory and his largely rural environment had a broad impact on Parr's writing. His second full album for Red House, Dog, is "about folks trying to get along when the atmosphere around them makes it difficult," Parr says, who was going through hard time in his life when the album was being recorded. He writes first person narratives as a "HoBo," a hoarder who's about to get evicted ("Pleasant Valley"), and a man who'd like to be appreciated before his funeral, not after ("I Ain't Dead Yet"). Sometimes darkly funny, sometimes just plain dark, it's a brilliant, rawly emotional album that's moving as all hell.
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Steve Poltz

Shine On

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Suzzy Roche

Songs From An Unmarried Housew

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With her sepcial guests, Jules Shear, Loudon Wainwright III, sister Maggie Roche and daughter Lucy, songwriter Suzzy Roche returns with an all new solo album, her second since her days with the popular Roches.
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Suzzy & Maggie Roche

Zero Church

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One of those rare projects that comes along and defies categorization, musically beautiful unpretentiously spritual with seventeen tracks of music. A special recording compreised of meditations and prayers from all walks of life and traditions.
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Suzzy & Maggie Roche

Why The Long Face?

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The Roches have been one of the most influential acts in pop and folk over the last 3 decades. First discovered and produced in the 70s by Paul Simon, they have spawned scores of imitators with their unique and innovative approach to music. This new CD by Suzzy and Maggie is no different and continues the Roche tradition of avoiding cliche and pushing every envelope in sight. The harmonies and lyrics are as exquisite as they are thought-provoking.
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Small Glories

Assiniboine & The Red

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The Small Glories make their US debut with ASSINIBOINE & THE RED, an album that celebrates the Canadian Prairies. The album title references the junction of two rivers, the ASSINIBOINE AND THE RED, in the duo's hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and celebrates the happenstance meeting of members Cara Luft, an original member of the Wailin' Jennys, and multi-instrumentalist JD Edwards. The duo's onstage chemistry and humor complements their energetic live performances and buoyant, Americana-inflected folk songs. Luft and Edwards' exuberant harmonies bring to mind such duos as the Civil Wars and Shovels & Rope, but with a Northern spin. The album's songs are all inspired by places, from"Alberta," the opener, to Winnipeg," a spirited celebration of their hometown. "We're folk singers, we try to write stuff that people can relate to," says Edwards, whose looming stage presence and penetrating eyes find him the yin to Luft's petite, snort-laughing yang. Already known in their native Canada as well as for their performances at festivals including SXSW and AmericanaFest, the duo, both of whom write, have captured the charm and chemistry of their live shows with ASSINIBOINE & THE RED's collection of engaging, memorable songs. NPR wrote, "Luft is a Wailin' Jennys alum whose work on the clawhammer banjo is to die for, while Edwards' guitar and vocal harmonies deepen and enrich the duo's sound."
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The Wailin' Jennys

Fifteen [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release. Fifteen is the first recording in six years from contemporary folk's most popular group, The Wailin' Jennys. An entrancing collection of cover songs, it includes tunes by Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, and is their first new music since 2011's acclaimed album, Bright Morning Stars. For founding members Nicky Mehta and Ruth Moody, along with longtime member Heather Masse, Fifteen celebrates a 15-year musical partnership that has resulted in four award-winning studio albums and one live recording on Red House Records, three of which landed the trio on the Billboard charts, while garnering the band a worldwide fanbase. All three band members sing and play a variety of instruments (acoustic guitar, accordion, banjo, ukulele) to create a shimmering tapestry of rich vocals and instrumentals. Additional musicians include Richard Moody (Ruth's brother), Sam Howard, Adrian Dolan and Adam Dobres. Produced by The Wailin' Jennys, Fifteen is a gorgeous feather in the cap of the band that has thrilled millions of listeners to A Prairie Home Companion radio

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Dale Watson

Call Me Lucky (Ofgv)

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Over the last three decades, honky-tonk legend Dale Watson has carried the torch for pure country music. A fixture of the Austin, TX, music scene for years, Watson has a new home base, Memphis, TN and recorded all but one song on his new Red House Records elease, CALL ME LUCKY, at historic Sam Phillips Recording studio in Memphis. The album features some of city's finest as well as Dale's longtime band, His Lone Stars, and includes a horn section on some of the tracks. With nods to the Man in Black and Hank, Watson pays homage to the greats and proves he's the real deal.