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URPD-TMR-460xThe Carter Family
American Epic: The Best of The Carter FamilyThe Carter Family, a family vocal group from Appalachian Virginia, were the most impactful discovery of talent scout Ralph Peer and the first vocal group to become country music stars. Apart from the beautiful harmonies that can only come from kin, Mother Maybelle Carter pioneered "scratch" style guitar picking, a clever synthesis of autoharp, banjo and guitar picking, and for years served as a matriarchal figure in the Grand Ole Opry.
Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.1. Lonesome Valley
2. The Poor Orphan Child
3. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow
4. The Wandering Boy
5. Wildwood Flower
6. The Foggy Mountain Top
7. The CannonBall
8. Worried Man Blues
9. Engine One-Forty-Three
10. Keep On the Sunny Side
11. Sweet Fern
12. John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man
13. Anchored In Love
14. I Will Never Marry
15. When the World's On Fire$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Longing For Old VirginiaThe superb 1976 recordings on this deluxe vinyl release, taken from a performance on the Jamboree USA Radio Concert series, suggest that the old faithful had it right all along and Johnny Cash, far from having lost any of the old magic, was as vibrant and potent in this era as he ever was. With a little help from members of the legendary Carter Family - not least Johnny's wife and life partner June - he storms through a set of both oldies and more recent tunes to rapturous applause from a clearly delighted audience.LP 1
1.Help Me (with Anita Carter)
2.Jesus Hold My Hand (with Jan Howard)
3.Wabash Cannonball / Worried Man Blues (with the Carter Family)
4.Ring Of Fire
5.Folsom Prison Blues
8.There You Go
9.Sunday Morning Coming Down
10.One Piece At A Time
1.Give My Love To Rose
2.A Boy Named Sue
3.Ragged Old Flag
4.Comedy Act (with Aunt Polly Carter)
5.Yodel Song (with Aunt Polly Carter)
6.Jackson (with June Carter Cash)
7.I Still Miss Someone
9.Wreck Of The Old
11.Orange Blossom Special
12.I Walk The Line$37.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Johnny Cash Family Christmas
The Johnny Cash/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!
The Long Out-of-print Masterpiece 1972 Christmas Album With Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash, Carl Perkins, Statler Brothers, Tommy Cash & The Carter Family
First Time Audiophile Red Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso - Manufactured At R.T.I.
Johnny Cash was a musical phenomenon and an American icon
with his legendary musical career starting in the 50's at Sun Records.
His plethora of hit recordings led to a major move to Columbia
Records, and the late legend charted recordings in all the major
formats like country, rock , pop, folk and gospel genres, sharing his
legendary vocal, guitar and songwriting persona for millions of fans
With 1972's Christmas Lp, Johnny Cash teams up with his
wife June Carter Cash and dear friends like Carl Perkins, The
Statler Brothers and The Carter Family, creating one of the most
revered holiday albums of all time. The Lp features Johnny's stellar
interpretations of both popular and religious favorites like the definitive
version of Jingle Bells with the entire musical family, plus the wonderful
Merry Christmas Mary, the joyous King Of Love with help from his
friends The Statler Brothers and The Carter Family, plus favorites
Christmas As I Knew It, the stunning duet with his wife June on
Christmas With You, plus some legendary guitar and vocals from the
one and only Carl Perkins on When You're Twenty One. The entire
family joins Johnny with the closing spiritual Silent Night, Holy Night
truly making the Christmas Lp a groundbreaking effort for this sorely
This fine album has been out of print for decades on vinyl, and
it is our honor to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile
Vinyl presentation of Christmas by the late great Johnny Cash on
Friday Music. This limited edition audiophile masterpiece is now
impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso and also for a very limited time
is pressed by R.T.I. on Red Vinyl for the holidays. Also, the Lp features
the original Lp artwork not seen in years, in its original gatefold
presentation exclusively from the Columbia Records archives.
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day ..1. Opening Dialogue- Johnny Cash
2. King Of Love- Johnny Cash w/ The Carter Family & The Statler Brothers
3. Dialogue- Johnny Cash
4. Jingle Bells -johnny Cash w/Entire Family
5. Dialogue - Johnny Cash
6. That Christmasy Feeling - Johnny Cash & Tommy Cash
7. Dialogue- Johnny Cash
8. My Merry Christmas Song - Larry Butler
9. Dialogue- Johnny Cash
10. Merry Christmas Mary- Johnny Cash
11. Dialogue - Johnny Cash
12. Christmas Time's A-Comin'-Johnny Cash w/ Entire Family
13. Dialogue - Johnny Cash
14. Christmas With You -Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
15. Christmas As I Knew It - Johnny Cash
16. Dialogue - Johnny Cash
17. When You're Twenty-One - Carl Perkins
18. Dialogue - Johnny Cash
19. Old Fashioned Tree- Lew Dewitt (Statler Brothers)
20. Dialogue- Johnny Cash
21. Silent Night- Johnny Cash w/ Entire Family$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Christmas: There'll Be Peace In The ValleyJohnny Cash's Christmas: There'll Be Peace In The Valley features 14 Christmas classics, including (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me), featuring The Carter Family.1. Opening Dialogue
2. Christmas Time's A-Comin'
3. The Little Drummer Boy
4. Ringing The Bells For Jim
5. Merry Christmas Mary
6. Matthew 24 (Is Knocking At The Door)
7. Silent Night
8. Jingle Bells - The Johnny Cash Family
9. Blue Christmas
10. The Christmas Spirit
11. Here Was A Man
12. King Of Love
13. The Ballad Of The Harp Weaver
14. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - Johnny Cash With The Carter Family$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
American Epic: The Best of CountryEarly champions of Country Music - The Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, the Massey Family, Jimmie Rodgers and many more - have been painstakingly remastered using a mix of analog and digital technology for a hybrid sound that is simultaneously contemporary, immediate but still completely true-to-form.
Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.1. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow by The Carter Family
2. If the River Was Whiskey by Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers
3. The Coo-Coo BirD by Clarence Ashley
4. Waiting For A Train by Jimmie Rodgers
5. Henry Lee by Dick Justice
6. Sail Away Ladies by Uncle Dave Macon and His Fruit Jar Drinkers
7. I Wish I Was A Mole in the Ground by Bascom Lamar Lundsford
8. Stackalee by Frank Hutchison
9. Peg and Awl by Carolina Tar Heels
10. Blues in A Bottle by Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers
11. Ladies On the Steamboat by Burnett and Rutherford
12. Country Blues by Dock Boggs
13. Brown Skin Gal (Down the Lane) by Massey Family
14. I Am Bound For The Promised Land by Alfred G. Karnes
15. I Get My Whiskey From Rockingham by Earl Johnson and His Clodhoppers
16. The Lost Child by Stripling Brothers$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trio IIOriginally released in 1999, the Emmylou Harris-produced Trio II won a Grammy Award and peaked in the Top Five of the country album chart. It sold more than one million copies worldwide on the strength of tracks like "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?", the Carter family's "Lover's Return", and a cover of Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush."
This is the album's first ever vinyl release, newly remastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.1. Lover's Return
2. High Sierra
3. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
4. After the Gold Rush
5. The Blue Train
6. I Feel the Blues Movin' In
7. You'll Never Be The Sun
8. He Rode All The Way To Texas
9. Feels Like Home
10. When We're Gone, Long Gone$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-DUA-7315xJune Carter Cash
180 Gram Clear Vinyl
We lost an American treasure on May 15, 2003
with the passing of June Carter Cash. We are proud
to offer for the first time on vinyl, June Carter
Cash's final multi-GRAMMY winning recording,
Wildwood Flower. The album has been entirely
re-mastered for vinyl and is offered on premium
180 gram, clear wax.
A complete document of the Carter Family legacy, Wildwood Flower brings
June full circle back to her musical beginnings. Recorded from October 2002
to March 2003 in Mother Maybelle's childhood home in Mace's Springs, Virginia. June is joined by Johnny Cash and A.P. & Sarah Carter's children Joe and Janette Carter, daughter Carlene Carter and grandchildren Laura Cash and Tiffiany Carter Lowe. The songs are a combination of Carter family classics and
originals penned by June and are lovingly produced by June and Johnny Cash's
son, John Carter Cash. Wildwood Flower contains the last ever recorded duets between June Carter and Johnny Cash and is a Carter/Cash family experience that reminds us why they are country music royalty.1. Keep On The Sunny Side
2. The Road To Kaintuck
3. (Carter Girls Intro) Kneeling Drunkard's Plea
4. Storms Are On The Ocean
5. (Little Junie Intro) Temptation
6. Big Yellow Peaches
8. Sinking In The Lonesome Sea
9. Church In The Wildwood / Lonesome Valley
10. Cannonball Blues
11. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?
12. Anchored In Love
13. Wildwood Flower$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Press OnJune Carter Cash has lived a charmed life: as a child member of her name-sake kin, The Carter Family, late-night duets with Elvis Presley, a movie appearance with Robert Duvall, romance with James Dean, and a Grammy Award-winning performing and songwriting career with her husband Johnny Cash.
But, to hear her sing such moving hymns as Diamonds in the Rough is to enjoy the holy, country hospitality of a simple countrywoman of a pure and spiritual heart. On Press On are other such gems as a touching, acoustic version of Ring of Fire, which June co-wrote. Throughout this album, June plays the Autoharp, a type of strummed dulcimer that lends a light, bouncy feel to these pieces that often contain no traditional rhythm section. She displays a worldly sensibility on such folk-rock numbers as the bitter Losin You and humor mixed with wisdom in Tiffany Anastasia Lowe,a song for her granddaughter, the child of daughter Carlene Carter and husband Nick Lowe. June concludes this warm and personal release as she began it, with a moving spiritual rendition of her familys standard, Will the Circle Be Unbroken.
Press On was originally released in 1999 on the tiny Risk Records label. The album immediately garnered tremendous press accolades, culminating with a Grammy award that year. Risk Records went under shortly after release and Press On has been out of print ever since. Dualtone is proud to make this album available on vinyl for the very first time. Press On features guest performances from Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell and Norman Blake.Side 1.
1. Diamonds In The Rough
2. Ring Of Fire
3. The Far Side Banks Of Jordan
4. Losin You
5. Gatsbys Restaurant
6. Wings Of Angels
7. The L&N Dont Stop Here Anymore
1. Once Before I Die
2. I Used To Be Somebody
3. Tall Lover Man
4. Tiffany Anastasia Lowe
5. Meeting In The Air
6. Will The Circle Be Unbroken$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-YEP-0810xThe Stray Birds
Best MedicineThe Stray Birds have been flying high since the 2012 release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album. Two years, hundreds of gigs, and thousands of highway miles later, the genre-melding acoustic trio prepares to make its Yep Roc Records debut. Known for their songwriting, instrumental virtuosity and gorgeous three-part harmony singing, their most cohesive and ambitious album to date, Best Medicine, is scheduled for release on October 21. The band-multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie Muench-hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All three are classically trained musicians who've been making music of all kinds since childhood (before they reconnected through the local music scene, de Vitry and Muench first met in middle school orchestra); however, they were also all raised with a steady diet of music ranging from pioneers like The Carter Family and Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys to the joyous invention of The Beatles and The Band, to the groundbreaking artistry of Jimi Hendrix. Following the band's 2012 highly praised self-titled release, Best Medicine was recorded at Stonebridge Studios in Leesburg, VA and produced by the band and Stuart Martin.1. Best Medicine
3. Feathers & Bone
4. San Antonio
5. The Bells
6. Never For Nothing
8. Stolen Love
9. Who's Gonna Shoe
10. Black Hills
11. Simple Man
12. Might Rain$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
American Epic: The SoundtrackAmerican Epic: The Soundtrack leads the way for a series of album releases accompanying the Lo-Max/PBS/BBC Arena film project American Epic created by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Directed by Bernard MacMahon.
American Epic is a journey across time to the birth of modern recording, when music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology captured the breadth of American music and discovered the artists that would shape our world.
The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. It was the first time America heard itself.
American Epic: The Soundtrack highlights recordings from the three-part documentary on one 150g LP, including original recordings by The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and more all restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity.1. Gonne Die with My Hammer in My Hand - Williamson Brothers & Curry
2. On the Road Again - Memphis Jug Band
3. Frankie - Mississippi John Hurt
4. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - The Carter Family
5. Mal Hombre - Lydia Mendoza
6. Peg and Awl - Carolina Tar Heels
7. Tomi Tomi - Sol K. Bright with The Aloha Serenaders
8. The Indian Tom Tom - Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band
9. Cocaine Habit Blues - Hattie Hart & The Memphis Jugband
10. Up Above My Head - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
11. Down the Dirt Road Blues - Charley Patton
12. Allons A Lafayette - Joseph Falcon
13. Stackalee - Frank Hutchison
14. Waiting for a Train - Jimmie Rodgers
15. Jole Blon - The Breaux Brothers with Louis Michot$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Orange Blossom Special28pt. Gatefold Includes New Archived (Early 1960s Era) Photos Of Johnny Cash
Box Car Numbered Edition
Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
''Johnny Cash transcends country music...he represents what American Music is all about!''
Known throughout the world as one of the major figures of post-Hank Williams country music, Johnny Cash constantly sought to expand his musical horizons and avoid being pigeonholed. Cash was at his most engagingly eclectic on Orange Blossom Special, recorded in 1964.
For starters, ''The Man In Black'' covered three tunes by Bob Dylan, then the most talked-about young singer-songwriter of the dawning folk-rock era. (''It Ain't Me Babe,'' ''Don't Think Twice, It's Alright,'' and ''Mama, You've Been On My Mind''), The Nashville musical establishment hardly embraced Dylan's mind-blowing lyrics, but Cash, knowing genius when he heard it, was the first major country star to cover Dylan's work. By the same token, he also rendered two numbers by A.P. Carter of the legendary Carter Family, who, along with Jimmy Rodgers, created the musical template that's still the model for ''traditional'' country, bluegrass, and some forms of folk. And Cash's unmistakable, tough-hewn baritone rendered the classic fiddle tune that is the title track, as well as ''Danny Boy'' (with a spoken word intro), the spiritual ''Amen'' and the traditional story-song ''The Long Black Veil.''. Cash's compositions include ''The Wall,'' one of the prison songs for which he is known, and the protest tune ''All Of God's Children Ain't Free.'' Orange Blossom Special (with liner notes by the artist and never-before seen archive photos) finds Cash backed by the Tennessee Two, his outstanding guitar/bass tandem of Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant and guest appearances by such Nashville aces as Boots Randolph on tenor sax, pianists Floyd Cramer and Bill Pursell, guitarist Norman Blake, and harmonica ace Charlie McCoy. And on Johnny Horton's ''When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below),'' Cash is accompanied by the now-familiar female voice of June Carter.1. Orange Blossom Special
2. The Long Black Veil
3. It Ain't Me Babe
4. The Wall
5. Don't Think Twice It's All Right
6. You Wild Colorado
7. Mama, You Been On My Mine
8. When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below)
9. All Of God's Children Ain't Free
10. Danny Boy
11. Wildwood Flower
12. Amen$29.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Walk The Line180 Gram Translucent Gold Vinyl
Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered In Stellar Monophonic Sound By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering
Features 2 Rare Photos From The Columbia Archives In The Gatefold Art
In 1964 after an amazing run of chart topping albums and a treasure trove of smash country and pop songs, Johnny Cash put together one of his finest albums from the era with his masterpiece "I Walk The Line."
Produced by the great Don Law with Frank Jones, the "Man In Black" revisits heartfelt renditions of his earlier hits like "Hey Porter" and "Give My Love To Rose", while also offering a half dozen new tunes. New top charters like "Bad News" and "Understand Your Man" would quickly propel this album into the number one spot, as "I Walk The Line" would truly become one of the biggest selling albums of his stellar career.
Johnny Cash continues his amazing trek of great interpretations with Flatt and Scruggs' "Troublesome Waters" as well as Gene Autry's classic "Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye."
In honor of The Man, the Music, the Legend, The Man In Black, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Gold Vinyl release of the Johnny Cash classic "I Walk The Line."
As another fine limited edition installment in our exciting Johnny Cash 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are very pleased to present this masterwork in all its true audiophile glory. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at R.T.I., "I Walk The Line" will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for Johnny Cash fans everywhere.
For this exclusive presentation, we are also including the first time ever gatefold artwork which includes the original LP cover elements as well as a two rare photos of the legend in the inside gatefold art from the Columbia Records vaults.
Johnny Cash . "I Walk The Line" .A history making rock n country album from a historic legend, an audiophile dream release . first time gatefold cover ..is now an audiophile Gold vinyl dream come true .From your friends at Friday Music .Stay tuned for more Johnny Cash original Columbia Records audiophile recordings from Friday Music.
"I Walk The Line .."
Featured Musicians: The Carter Family, Norman Blake, Bob Johnston, Jack Clement and Marshall Grant1. I Walk The Line
2. Bad News
3. Folsom Prison Blues
4. Give My Love To Rose
5. Hey Porter
6. I Still Miss Someone
7. Understand Your Man
8. Wreck Of The Old '97
9. Still In Town
10. Big River
11. Goodbye, Little Darlin' Goodbye
12. Troublesome Waters$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Johnny Cash At San Quentin (Speakers Corner)
Johnny Cash was a country legend even during his lifetime, although, or perhaps because, he was very different from the numerous country singers with chequered shirts. When performing he chose to wear black as a symbol of solidarity with the oppressed and those who had no rights. His chosen outlaw image was just as convincing as the train-like boom-tiddy-boom sound of his rhythm group who lent their typical sound to many of his 500 songs.
At the very zenith of his career, Cash (who himself had committed a few minor offenses) had the idea of singing and playing for the bad guys behind the prison walls for nothing. Initially his suggestion to market the live recording was rejected, but finally his record company decided to release the album At Folsom Prison. Fired by the success of his jailhouse recording, Columbia Records released At San Quentin shortly afterwards. The recording, in which Cash and his combo were frenetically applauded more or less at the end of each verse, exceeded all expectations. Today it is still considered by Cash fans to be the best live recording by the 'man in black'.
- Johnny Cash (vocals, guitar)
- June Carter Cash, Carter Family (voc)
- Bob Wootton (electric guitar)
- Marshall Grant (bass)
- W.S. Holland (drums)
Recording: 24 February 1969 live at San Quentin State Prison, USA, by Neil Wilburn and Bob Breault
Production: Bob Johnston
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Wanted Man
2. Wreck Of The Old 97
3. I Walk The Line
4. Darlin' Companion
5. Starkville City Jail
6. San Quentin
7. San Quentin
8. A Boy Named Sue
9. Peace In The Valley
10. Folsom Prison Blues$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Riverman's DaughterThe Grahams, the creative union of lifelong romantic partners Alyssa and Doug Graham, combine soulful bluegrass with hints of earthy Americana, adding colors from traditional folk and country blues, into an infectious blend of storytelling that results in songs of love, loss, yearning, and the view from rural American roads less traveled.
While the duo first met in grade school -- a trait shared by previous musical trail-blazers, from Lennon/McCartney to Jagger/Richards - the Grahams' journey together began when they were teenagers in the shadow of New York City. There, Alyssa, the impassioned troubadour, and Doug, the guitarist extraordinaire, shared a mutual love for the music of the Woodstock era and the adventures of the great outdoors. Over the ensuing years many a campfire lit acoustic jam would include the best of roots renegades like Neil Young, The Band, Gram Parsons, Janis and Emmylou along with more than a few Jerry Garcia and Johnny Cash nuggets. Later, spending much of their time in the secluded Adirondack Mountains at the Graham family fold, Alyssa and Doug learned the time-honored craft of songwriting. Here, their ongoing interests in traditional country, mountain bluegrass and folk legends such as The Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt would blossom. Hoping to share their stories on a wider stage, the couple eventually settled in New York City, where they performed, collaborated and recorded a variety of acclaimed material before adopting The Grahams moniker.
While the duo had written music together before, in the summer of 2012 new writing sessions yielded a different approach. Something magical was happening between Alyssa and Doug. A catalyst was born in the new song Riverman's Daughter, a tale of love, loss, and hardship on the river that showcases Alyssa's bountiful voice. Backed by her own rhythm guitar, along with the strong current of Doug's cascading accompaniment on the six string, and traditional vocal harmonies, the track came in a lightning bolt of inspiration. A vision and calling to write more songs of its kind took hold.
Alyssa and Doug had an idea: What if they put their city lives on hold and, armed with just guitars and backpacks, traveled the 2,500 miles of highways and byways of the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Light out for the territory, so to speak, like Huck and Jim. There, the duo could follow the Great River Road (GRR) that parallels the waterway, meet the people, and hear first-hand where European folk music, brought to these shores generations ago, took root alongside rhythms and chants from Africa, and how these polarizing sounds formed the backbone of our 20th Century American musical heritage. And so The Grahams did just that, and in the process created their debut album, Riverman's Daughter. Along the way The Grahams played gigs at the various gin and juke joints that dotted the GRR, and met a colorful cast of characters and genuine music makers with whom the duo shared and exchanged stories through the common bond of song.
Eventually Alyssa and Doug ended up intentionally isolated on an old houseboat in rural Louisiana where the Mississippi spills into the Atchafalaya swamp. There, The Grahams prolifically stockpiled songs, enjoyed the simplicity of living off the grid, and for a spell, invited onboard friends and musicians including their longtime collaborator Bryan McCann, a wordsmith who aids with lyrical inspiration. Yet perhaps the biggest inspiration on Riverman's Daughter was Doug's own mother, Gigi, the matriarch of the Graham family clan, and a true fan of the duo who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier that year. As her condition worsened, the Grahams packed up their guitars and newly minted collection of songs to become Gigi's angel band, and played by her side until she passed away.
As recording of the new album began, The Grahams found a true kindred spirit in Grammy-winning producer Malcolm Burn, who brought a magical touch and inspired ideas into the studio. It was Burn's idea to record both Alyssa and Doug's parts live to tape without the assistance of headphones or isolation -- in the way they were written. This process gives the album a natural aura that harkens back to an era when this practice was commonplace. Along the same lines, The Grahams chose to record the album in Nashville, the longtime epicenter of country music. While the album's foundation is simple and acoustic, The Grahams are backed on a few tracks by stellar accompaniment including the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Along with the title song the album is highlighted by the 70's country rock flavored Carrying The Torch, the spirited traditional vibe of The Piney River, and the riveting upbeat barn dance playfulness of Revival Time.
Ultimately, the album is a winning culmination of The Grahams' long journey into the heart of America, the inspiration they derived from immersion into classic American music, and the natural and honest talent they have for bringing forth a modern musical idiom steeped in tradition.1. Revival Time
2. Riverman's Daughter
3. Carrying the Torch
4. You Made Me Love You
5. Cathedral Pines
6. If You're in New York
7. The Piney River
8. A Good Man
9. Marnie Hawkins
10. Heaven Forbid
11. Lonesome Child
13. Goodbye Babe (B.C.)
14. Lay Down Delilah$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Arms & HandsCornetist and composer Kirk Knuffke is one of modern jazz's most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing. On his latest album, Arms & Hands, he assembles the ideal trio to bridge that divide. Joined by bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bill Goodwin, along with special guests Brian Drye (trombone), Daniel Carter (alto saxophone), and Jeff Lederer (soprano/tenor saxophone), Knuffke creates a set of music that is both engaging and inventive.
Helias is best known for his work with jazz experimentalists like Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Marilyn Crispell, and Gerry Hemingway, his band BassDrumBone with Hemingway and Ray Anderson, and his trio Open Loose with Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey. Goodwin, on the other hand, is recognized as a premiere straight-ahead drummer, through his decades-long relationship with saxophonist Phil Woods and credits that include such giants as Bill Evans, Tony Bennett, Dexter Gordon, Jim Hall, Gary Burton, and Art Pepper.
The chemistry between the trio is irrefutable on Arms & Hands, which is a showcase for the immense creativity of all three musicians. Knuffke intentionally wrote compositions that took advantage of Goodwin's gift for groove and swing while remaining open enough to allow the improvisations to wander however far afield the moment might call for.
Kirk Knuffke is a prolific composer and improviser who has worked with a host of incredible musicians including Roswell Rudd, William Parker, Uri Caine, Myra Melford, Allison Miller, Steve Swell, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Steven Bernstein, and Mary Halvorson. Internationally, he has played with ensembles at jazz festivals in Saalfeldan Austria, Willisau Switzerland, The North Sea Jazz festival in Holland, The Moers festival as well as festival dates in Canada, Mexico, Italy and France. He is currently a member of the Matt Wilson Quartet. Knuffke is also a member of the Mark Helias Quartet, the Andrew D'angelo Big Band, Josh Roseman's Extended Constellations, Kenny Wollesen's Wollesonic and Allison Miller's Boom tic Boom. Knuffke's leader debut, Big Wig, was released by Clean Feed in 2008, followed by the trio recordings Chew Your Food and Amnesia Brown and the quartet album Chorale. He has also recorded several duo CDs with pianist Jesse Stacken and one with percussionist Mike Pride, and co-led the collaborative trio Sifter with Mary Halvorson and Matt Wilson and a quartet with saxophonist Ted Brown.1. Safety Shoes
2. Bright Light
7. Arms & Hands
10. Thanks A Lot$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coliseum Deluxe ReissueFounded by Louisville musician Ryan Patterson and including Kayhan Vaziri and Carter Wilson, power trio Coliseum have grown to become one of today's quintessential contemporary punk bands. Successfully melding progressive musicianship, hardcore fervor, and vital social awareness into one constantly evolving artistic vision.
Over the last decade Coliseum have released music on a host of labels including; Temporary Residence, Relapse, Level Plane, Auxiliary (Ryan's own label), and even Deathwish ("True Quiet / Last Wave" 2009).
And now, 2014 brings Coliseum and Deathwish together again as their permanent label home. "We have a long and storied history with Deathwish and their family of bands," says Patterson. "Not only did we work with the label on the 'True Quiet' 7", we've toured around the world with Deathwish bands, released a split with Doomriders early on, and I've been fortunate enough to design a number of Deathwish releases. While Coliseum officially joining the label's roster is a new chapter for us, it feels like a homecoming."
To celebrate Coliseum's 10th anniversary, we are proud to present the "Coliseum" Deluxe Reissue: A twenty song collection featuring their classic self titled debut album (out of print since 2006) paired with eight essential bonus tracks from their primordial years. Originally recorded by Jason Loewenstein of Sebadoh and now fully remixed by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, the release also features new deluxe packaging, insightful liner notes, and cover artwork by John Baizley of Baroness.1. Detached
2. Children Of Our Own Creation
3. Hostage Of Privilege
4. Burn Out Bright
6. In Time
7. This Mind Locked Inside This Body
9. Claim Control
10. Give Up and Drive
11. Pretty Situation
12. The Simple Answer Is
13. No Salvation
14. Born To Hang
15. I Don't Care About
16. Judy Is A Punk
17. Detached (Demo)
18. This Mind (Demo)
19. In Time (Demo)
20. Pretty Situation (Demo)$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Johnny Cash Greatest Hits Volume 1 (Awaiting Repress)First Time on Audiophile Vinyl
Gatefold Cover presentation of his classic 1967 multi-platinum Greatest Hits LP!!!
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray from the original Columbia Records tapes
Manufactured at R.T.I.
Johnny Cash was born during the great depression into a poor family in Arkansas. At a very young age he worked on the family farm
and experienced many of life's struggles. This is also the time he would develop his love for music, family and the Bible, which followed him
closely throughout his long career. In the early fifties after spending time in the Air Force, he moved to Memphis, became friends with folks
like Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, and ultimately cut some sides at Sun Studios which became the catalyst
that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar, troubadour and humanitarian unlike the world has ever known.
The folks at Columbia Records knew that this young fellow named Johnny Cash was destined for superstardom. They quickly signed
the legend to a long term deal, and his first Columbia singles like his prolific Don't Take Your Guns to Town forever etched "The Man In Black"
trademark to his name.
In 1967 after many chart topping country and pop albums and a bevy of hit singles and Grammy Awards, more fame followed as the
brass at Columbia Records honored their journeyman Johnny Cash with his first hits collection, the multi-platinum Johnny Cash's Greatest
Hits Volume 1.
The album was a blockbuster as it topped the charts, making this a crossover hit with both country and pop audiences, proving once again that his career was of historic merit.
Filled with more hits than a roadside jukebox, the amazing album takes off with the classic duet with wife June Carter Cash and
Grammy Award winner Jackson. This chart topping single is followed up by one of his most famous songs the number one I Walk the Line.
More treasures follow with the country belter Understand Your Man and Cash's own hit interpretation of Orange Blossom Special, which truly
made the album a treasure trove of hits.
More greatest hits follow as the LP features a nice helping of solid smashes like Ring of Fire, Five Feet High and Rising, the aforementioned Don't Take Your Guns to Town, and probably one of the first Bob Dylan covers ever with his haunting It Ain't Me Babe. In total, the
album showcases eleven important Johnny Cash recordings which have truly gone on to become international classics for all time.
In honor of the Man, the Music and the Legend, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the Columbia Records classic Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume 1 by Johnny Cash.
As a first installment in our exciting Johnny Cash 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are very pleased to present this masterwork
in all its stereophonic glory. Mastered impeccably from the original Columbia Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with
Kevin Gray and manufactured at R.T.I., Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume 1 will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for his
For this exclusive presentation, we are also including for the first time ever gatefold artwork which includes the groundbreaking
original LP cover photo by Sandy Speiser and are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly lined inner sleeve to help
keep your Johnny Cash vinyl in mint shape.
Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume 1 A history making album from a historic legend, an audiophile dream release first time
gatefold cover is now an audiophile vinyl dream come true From your friends at Relayer Friday Music Stay tuned for more Johnny Cash
original Columbia Records audiophile vinyl and remastered compact disc recordings from Relayer Friday Music.Side One
2. I Walk the Line
3. Understand Your Man
4. Orange Blossom Special
5. The One on the Right
Is on the Left
1. Ring of Fire
2. It Ain't Me, Babe
3. The Ballad of Ira Hayes
4. The Rebel-Johnny Yuma
5. Five Feet High and Rising
6. Don't Take Your Guns
to Town$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Greatest Hits Volume IIThe Johnny Cash - Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!!!
The Hits Continue... Now On First Time Beautiful Translucent True Blue Vinyl!
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso (Johnny Cash/Willie Nelson) & Pressed At R.T.I.
Features Smash Hits: A Boy Named Sue, Hey Porter, Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down, Folsom Prison Blues, If I Were A Carpenter
First Time Gatefold Cover Art Featuring Rare Color Photo Of The Legendary Man In Black From The Sony Music Archives
Johnny Cash was born during the great depression into a poor family in Arkansas. At a very young age, he worked on the family farm and experienced many of life's struggles. This is also the time he would develop his love for music, family and the Bible, which followed him closely throughout his long career.
In the early fifties after spending time in the Air Force, he moved to Memphis, became friends with folks like Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, and ultimately cut some sides at Sun Studios which became the catalyst that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar, troubadour and humanitarian unlike the world has ever known.
The folks at Columbia Records knew that this young fellow named Johnny Cash was destined for super stardom. They quickly signed the legend to a long-term deal, and his first singles like his Guess Things Happen That Way & Hey Porter etched The Man In Black trademark to his name.
In 1971 after many chart-topping country and pop albums and a bevy of hit singles and Grammy Awards, more fame followed as the brass at Columbia Records honored their journeyman Johnny Cash with his 2nd greatest hits collection, the gold and platinum smash Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume II.
The album was a blockbuster as it hit the Top 5 in the charts, making this a crossover hit with both country and pop audiences, proving once again that his career was of historic merit. Filled with more hits than a roadside jukebox, the amazing album features his biggest hits like the groundbreaking Folsom Prison Blues and his Shel Silverstein classic A Boy Named Sue. The classic top charter duet with June Carter Cash If I Were A Carpenter is also included, followed up by one of his finest interpretations of his dear friend Kris Kristofferson's Sunday Mornin' Comin'Down.
More treasures follow with the country belter Big River and Cash's gospel smash of Daddy Sang Bass, which truly continues the treasure trove of hits contained in this masterwork.
In total, the album showcases eleven important Johnny Cash recordings which have truly gone on to become international classics for all time.
In honor of the Man, the Music and the Legend, Friday Music is very honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl release of the Columbia Records classic Johnny Cash Greatest Hits Volume II by Johnny Cash.
As another fine installment in our exciting Johnny Cash 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are very pleased to present this masterwork in all its stereophonic glory. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering and manufactured at R.T.I., Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume II will be a much-anticipated audiophile dream release for his fans everywhere!
For this exclusive limited edition presentation, we are also including for the first time ever gatefold artwork which includes the groundbreaking original LP cover artwork and a rare inside photo of the legend directly from the Sony Music Archives.
As usual, we are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly lined inner sleeve to help keep your Johnny Cash vinyl in mint shape. Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume II A history making album from a historic legend, an audiophile dream release First-time gatefold cover is now an audiophile vinyl dream on true blue vinyl come true From your friends at Friday Music
Stay tuned for more Johnny Cash original Columbia Records audiophile vinyl and remastered compact disc recordings from Friday Music.1. A Boy Named Sue
2. Hey Porter
3. Guess Things Happen That Way
5. Big River
6. Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man
7. Folsom Prison Blues
8. Sunday Morning Coming Down
9. If I Were A Carpenter
10. Frankie's Man Johnny
11. Daddy Sang Bass$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Full CircleLegacy Recordings will release FULL CIRCLE, the first new studio album in over ten years from American music icon Loretta Lynn. Produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, and recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, FULL CIRCLE takes listeners on a journey through Loretta's musical story, from the Appalachian folk songs and gospel music she learned as a child, to new interpretations of her classic hits and country standards, to songs newly-written for the project.
Drawing inspiration from personal memories and deep connections to American music, Lynn's 13 new recordings capture the essence of these songs in intimate new performances. FULL CIRCLE is Loretta's first album of new recordings since Van Lear Rose, her 2004 collaboration with Jack White, which took home a pair of Grammys including Best Country Album of the Year. It is also volume one of the Cash Cabin Recordings, a series of new album projects imagined and created at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Highlights from FULL CIRCLE include "Lay Me Down," a duet with Willie Nelson; "Everything It Takes," featuring guest vocals from Elvis Costello; "Whispering Sea," a new version of the first song Loretta ever wrote; and soulful new renditions of some of Lynn's classic tunes, including rousing renditions of "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" and "Fist City." The album also includes traditional Appalachian songs from Loretta's childhood such as "Black Jack David" and "I Never Will Marry." At 83 years old, Lynn's voice sounds as powerful as ever, and this new material only adds to her legend as a performer.
Lynn struggled to balance family and her music career and is still going strong over 50 years later. Loretta Lynn has long been established as the undisputed Queen of Country Music, with more than 50 years of recording and touring to her name. A self-taught guitarist and songwriter, Lynn was one of the most distinctive performers in Nashville in the 1960s and 1970s. She shook up Nashville by writing her own songs, many of which tackled boundary-pushing topics drawn from her own life experiences as a wife and mother. "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Fist City" and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" are just three of 16 country No. 1 singles.
Lynn is also one of the most awarded musicians of all time. She has been inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist, including The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was the first woman to be named the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year in 1972. Lynn received Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. She has won four Grammy Awards (including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010) and sold more than 45 million records worldwide.1. Whispering Sea Introduction
2. Whispering Sea
3. Secret Love
4. Who's Gonna Miss Me?
5. Black Jack David
6. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
7. Always On My Mind
8. Wine Into Water
9. In the Pines
10. Band of Gold
11. First City
12. I Never Will Marry
13. Everything It Takes
14. Lay Me Down$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The BladeAshley Monroe spent her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she immersed herself in all varieties of music ranging from country-she's not-too-distantly related to members of the legendary Carter Family-to rock, pop, rap and even opera. When she was 11, Monroe won a talent contest singing "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" and two years later her father gave Ashley her first guitar. She developed a passion for writing songs, discovering that she could easily communicate her thoughts and sentiments through a six-string and her dynamic, exceptional voice.
In 2008, Ashley cut a highly praised EP with singer-songwriter Trent Dabbs and a few years later, at the invitation of Jack White, she sang background vocals on an album he was producing by the iconic country-rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson. And just to prove how versatile she is, Monroe also contributed vocals to the track "Bruises" on the 2012 album California 37 by the rock band Train.
But one of the most rewarding artistic adventures for Ashley to date has been the Pistol Annies, a trio she co-formed in 2011with her friend Miranda Lambert, whose chart-topping hit "Heart Like Mine" Ashley co-penned, and newcomer Angaleena Presley. Pistol Annies have provided Monroe with yet another outlet for her music. Their album, Hell on Heels, garnered rave reviews. The All Music Guide called the trio "a remarkably democratic supergroup" while veteran music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an A grade, citing its "expertly executed tunes."1. On To Something Good
2. I Buried Your Love Alive
4. Weight Of The Load
5. The Blade
6. Winning Streak
7. From Time To Time
8. If Love Was Fair
9. Has Anybody Ever Told You
11. If The Devil Don't Want Me
13. I'm Good At Leavin'$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BeulahBeulah. It's a small, complicated word with a tangle of meanings.
It's the title of John Paul White's new album, his first in nearly a decade, a remarkably and assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop. Gothic and ambitious, with a rustic, lived-in sound, it's a meditation on love curdling into its opposite, on recrimination defining relationships, on hope finally filtering through doubt.
Beulah is also a White family nickname. "It's a term of endearment around our house," White explains, "like you would call someone 'Honey.' My dad used to call my little sister Beulah, and I call my daughter Beulah. It's something I've always been around."
Beulah is also something much loftier. For the poet and painter William Blake, Beulah was a place deep in the collective spiritual unconscious. "I won't pretend to be the smartest guy in the world," says White, "but I dig a lot of what he's written. Beulah was a place you could go in your dreams. You could go there in meditation, to relax and heal and center B photo credit: Allister Ann 119 west 57th street, penthouse north, new york, ny 10019 t 212.741.1000 www.sacksco.com SACKS A CO. N D yourself. It wasn't a place you could stay, but you came back to the world in a better state."
And perhaps the music on this album originated in that "pleasant lovely Shadow where no dispute can come." According to White, the songs came to him unbidden-and not entirely welcome. "When these songs started popping into my head, I had been home for a while and I was perfectly happy. I wasn't looking for songs. I didn't know whether any would pop back in my head again, and I was honestly okay with that. I'm a very happy father and husband, and I love where I live. I love working with artists for a label that I think is doing good work."
Far from the grind and glamour of Nashville-where he worked for years as a working songwriter before stepping into the spotlight himself-White settled in his hometown of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a wellspring of gritty Southern rock and soul since the 1960s. Together with Alabama Shakes keyboard player Ben Tanner and Shoals native Will Trapp, he founded and runs Single Lock Records, a local indie label that has released records by some of the Yellowhammer State's finest, including Dylan LeBlanc, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and legendary songwriter and keyboard player Donnie Fritts. The label is based in a small ranch house a stone's throw from White's own home, which would come in handy when those songs started invading his head.
"Honestly, I tried to avoid them, but then I realized the only way I was going to get rid of them was if I wrote them down. I got my phone out and I'd sing these little bits of melody, then put it away and move on. But eventually I got to a place where it was a roar in my head, and that pissed me off." Due to his experiences as a gun-for-hire in Nashville, White was reluctant to romanticize the creative process, to turn it into a spiritual pursuit. "Then one day I told my wife I think I'm going to go write a song. She was as surprised as I was. I went and wrote probably eight songs in three days. It was like turning on a faucet."
Most artists would kill for such a downpour, but White was wary of the consequences. He knew that writing songs would lead to recording them, which would result in releasing them, and that means touring and leaving home for weeks at a time. "As soon as I write a song, I start thinking what other people might think of it. I've talked to friends about this: What is it about us that makes us do that? Why can't I just sit on my back porch and sing these songs out into the ether? I don't have an answer for it yet, but I think it's just part of who I am. I need that reaction. I need to feel like I'm moving someone in a good way or in a bad way. I need to feel like there's a connection."
White threw himself into the project, no longer the reluctant songwriter but a craftsman determined to make the best album possible-to do these songs justice. He cut several songs at the renowned FAME Studios in his hometown, where Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, the Allmans, the Osmonds, Bobbie Gentry, Arthur Conley, and Clarence Carter recorded some of their most popular hits.
One product of those sessions is "What's So," which introduces itself by way of a fire-andbrimstone riff, as heavy as a guilty conscience-the kind of riff you wouldn't be surprised to hear on a Sabbath album. But White's vocals are gritty and soulful, a product of the Shoals, almost preacherly as he sings about earthly and eternal damnation: "Sell your damn soul or get 119 west 57th street, penthouse north, new york, ny 10019 t 212.741.1000 www.sacksco.com SACKS A CO. N D right with the man, keep treading water as long as you can," he exhorts the listener. "But before you do, you must understand that you don't get above your raisin'." It's the heaviest moment on the record, perhaps the darkest in White's career.
At the other end of the spectrum is "The Martyr," one of the catchiest tunes White has ever penned. The spryness of the melody imagines Elliott Smith wandering the banks of the Tennessee River, yet the song is shot through with a pervasive melancholy as White wrestles with his own demons. "Keep falling on your sword, sink down a little more," he sings over a dexterous acoustic guitar theme. This is not, however, a song about some unnamed person, but rather a pained self-diagnosis: "These are the wounds that I will not let heal, the ones that I deserve and seem so real." White knows he's playing the martyr, but he leaves the song hauntingly open-ended, as though he isn't sure what to do with this epiphany beyond putting it in a song.
The rest of Beulah was recorded in the Single Lock offices/studio near White's home. "I can be more relaxed about the process. We can all just sit there and talk about records or baseball without feeling like someone's standing over our shoulders. That's a big deal to me, not to feel pressured. And I'm only about twenty yards away from home, so I can walk over and throw a baseball with my kids or make dinner with my wife."
Some of the quieter-but no less intense-songs on Beulah were created in that environment, including the ominously erotic opener "Black Leaf" and the Southern gothic love song "Make You Cry." As he worked, a distinctive and intriguing aesthetic began to grow clearer and clearer, one based in austere arrangements and plaintive moods. These are songs with empty spaces in them, dark corners that could hold ghosts or worse. "There were certain moments when Ben and I would finish up a song, listen back to it, and think how in the world did we get here. But that's just what the songs ask for. These are the sounds in my head. This is the sound of me thinking and living and breathing and doing."
Once White had everything assembled and sequenced, it was time to give the album a title, to wrap everything up for the listener. Beulah stuck-not only because of family history or Blake, but because White realized that making music was his own trip to Beulah. "If you had to sum up what music is for most people in this world, it's that. It's that escape. It's that refuge. You go there and you come back and you use that to help you with your life. You always have that as a place to go."1. Black Leaf
2. What's So
3. The Once And Future Queen
4. Make You Cry
5. Fight For You
6. Hope I Die
7. I've Been Over This Before (Feat. The Secret Sisters)
8. The Martyr
9. Hate The Way You Love Me
10. I'll Get Even$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OdysseySony Music Masterworks has announced the release of ODYSSEY, the extraordinary label debut album from The Accidentals.
Named among Yahoo Music's Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017, ODYSSEY affirms The Accidentals place among contemporary music's most original and adventurous new bands. Multi-instrumentalists Sav Buist and Katie Larson - joined onstage and in the studio by drummer Michael Dause - have crafted a genre all their own, fueled by their uniquely limitless approach to musicality and songcraft. Lyrically powerful songs like Earthbound and the potent title track see the band embracing their choice to lead an unconventional life with all its many surprising twists and turns.
Co-produced by Buist, Larson, and Dause with engineer Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Guster, George Jones, Alison Krauss) at Asheville, NC's Echo Mountain Recording, ODYSSEY sees The Accidentals joined by such friends and fans as acoustic guitar maestra Kaki King, bassist - and fellow Michigander - Dominic John Davis (Jack White, Beck), Carbon Leaf guitarist Carter Gravatt, Keller Williams and The Decemberists' Jenny Conlee, who spent three days in the studio alongside the band, lending her distinctive organ to a number of the album's key tracks. The Accidentals' inviting spirit of shared creativity is perhaps best represented by the album's audacious first single, KW, showcasing the inimitable guitar work of Keller Williams, whose own virtuosic genre-agnostic approach towards music making inspired the song in the first place.
The Accidentals' adventure began in their hometown of Traverse City, MI, when Larson, a sophomore cellist, and Buist, a junior violinist, were paired for a high school orchestra event. The gifted young musicians became fast friends and before long, bandmates. Having both grown up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalists for mothers, their shared influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure.
The past five years have seen The Accidentals perform over a thousand live shows, including headline dates, festival sets, and shared stages along such like-minded acts as Martin Sexton, Brandi Carlile, Andrew Bird, The Wailers, Joan Baez and others. 2015's SXSW debut saw them hailed by Billboard for displaying a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops.1. KW (feat. Keller Williams)
2. Arizona Stars
3. The Sound a Watch Makes When Enveloped in Cotton
5. Crow's Feet
6. In the Morning
7. Ballad Tendered Gun (feat. Kaki King)
8. Memorial Day
10. Cut Me Down
12. Stitches and Seams
13. Chekhov's Gun$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Like A RoseAshley Monroe, a member of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, presents her first Warner Nashville solo album, Like A Rose. Most folks, as soon as they hear Ashley Monroe, instantly recognize one thing: she's the real deal. Her songs resonate so profoundly because they reflect the experiences of an artist who, although she is just 26, has already seen both the best and worst that life has to offer.
Like a Rose has been a long time coming. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life-attracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.
Monroe spent her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she immersed herself in all varieties of music ranging from country-she's not-too-distantly related to members of the legendary Carter Family-to rock, pop, rap and even opera. When she was 11, Monroe won a talent contest singing "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" and two years later her father gave Ashley her first guitar. She developed a passion for writing songs, discovering that she could easily communicate her thoughts and sentiments through a six-string and her dynamic, exceptional voice.
One of the most rewarding artistic adventures for Ashley to date has been the Pistol Annies, a trio she co-formed in 2011 with her friend Miranda Lambert, whose chart-topping hit "Heart Like Mine" Ashley co-penned, and newcomer Angaleena Presley. Pistol Annies have provided Monroe with yet another outlet for her music. Their album, Hell on Heels, garnered rave reviews. The All Music Guide called the trio "a remarkably democratic supergroup" while veteran music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an A grade, citing its "expertly executed tunes."
Despite her list of previous accomplishments, everything she's done so far feels like it's been pointing the way toward Like a Rose. With songs that run the gamut from feel-good to controversial to contemplative, the album, produced by country music titan Vince Gill, offers the full range of Ashley Monroe's songwriting and performing skills. To maintain the honesty of Ashley's songs, Gill and the singer chose to record the album the way most of the greatest albums ever were made: sans gimmickry. "We just got the band in a circle and started playing the songs," Ashley says, "and once we felt like we had a feel for it, I'd do my vocal live-I never went back in to do a second vocal. Everyone put everything we had into the songs. There was a buzz in the room. We all had fun-it felt like a big old family, the way records used to be made."
Some of the songs were newly written for the album; others date back several years and felt right to revisit. The semi-autobiographical title track, one of the uncontestable highlights of the set, was co-written about six years ago with another totem of the American song-crafting community, Texan legend Guy Clark.
One song that is bound to raise some eyebrows refers to the same favored flower of the title tune, but in a much different sense: "Weed Instead of Roses" tells of a woman's desire to get a gift she actually desires from her beau, not just something that smells good.
"You Got Me" was co-written by Monroe and Karen Fairchild. Says Ashley, "It's about an addiction to something-one thing or another, whether you're stuck in a bad relationship or alcohol or whatever it is-and you try to hide it and fight it but you're kind of saying, 'Alright, you got me.'
On a more light-hearted note is "Monroe Suede," based on "a slick character that tries to get away all the time." Another is the self-explanatory "You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)," a duet featuring Lambert's husband, CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton. "Morning After" confronts that uneasy feeling that often follows a too-good time and "She's Driving Me Out Of Your Mind," written with Jon Randall Stewart, comes straight from one of Ashley's many journals. "Two Weeks Late" was suggested by singer-songwriter Shane McAnally, who co-wrote it with Monroe. "He came in and said, 'I heard this phrase at the ATM: I'm a dollar short and two weeks late.' That was another one that just fell out. I grabbed the guitar and we started writing it up.
"Used," another standout, is an update of a song that appeared on Monroe's Satisfied album. "It came to me when I was about 17 and my manager at the time had just bought me this old 1950s Gibson guitar," she says. It came into my mind that things are worth more used, and I thought about my mom, who had lost my dad when she was 38. I was thinking, she had two kids, she's been through a lot, and, bless her heart, it's all gonna be worth it. Vince and I worked up this new version, which made it fresh for me."
And fresh it all is. Like a Rose avoids the trappings of too much contemporary music by sticking to the basics: memorable songs, incredible musicians, a superb voice, all of it captured honestly and without frills. As the saying goes, sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. Take a whiff of Like a Rose and you'll find it smells pretty darn sweet.1. Like A Rose
2. Two Weeks Late
4. Weed Instead of Roses
5. You Got Me
6. The Morning After
7. Monroe Suede
8. She's Driving Me Out Of Your Mind
9. You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter) ft. Blake Shelton$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now