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Down Fell The DovesAmanda Shires landed everywhere from NPR's Tiny Desk to the Grand Ole Opry to the cover of Texas Music as their Artist Of The Year in 2011. Now she's back with 'Down Fell The Doves' set for release via Lightning Rod Records. The album's 11 original songs feature Amanda's sharpest writing to date, brought to life by a voice that melts, a fiddle that sears, and guitars - played for the most part by her husband, Jason Isbell - that scrape and howl.
Shires has blossomed into a truly original voice with 'Doves,' which was produced by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes, REM) and recorded at his Chase Park Transduction studio in Athens, GA. Bulletproof ponders invincibility with the help of a Siberian tiger claw. Wasted and Rollin' casts a deep, impressionistic fog. For Deep Dark Below Shires' attention shifts to the underworld, where the devil plays fiddle with a bow made of bones. Song for Leonard Cohen has a softer touch, imagining a drunken evening stroll with the master songwriter.
Now based in Nashville, Shires began playing fiddle at age ten in Texas. By 15, she had joined the Texas Playboys, former backing band of western swing pioneer Bob Wills. More recently she has toured and recorded with Snider and Justin Townes Earle who says, With a voice that whispers Dolly and lyrics that scream Faulkner, this girl shines like a diamond.1. Look Like A Bird
4. Box Cutters
5. Deep Dark Below
6. Wasted And Rollin'
7. If I
9. Drop And Lift
10. A Song For Leonard Cohen
11. The Garden Song$15.99Vinyl LP Buy Now
Kids In The StreetKids In The Street is the 7th and latest album from American roots troubadour, Justin Townes Earle. After marrying, moving to various corners of the country and continuous touring with both full band and solo, Earle made time to reflect on the past few years and find new clarity. With Kids In The Street, he made a conscious decision to work with a producer for the first time in his now decade-long career. Earle made the trip to Omaha, Nebraska to work with Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, M.Ward, Connor Oberst) at ARC Studios. Together, they handpicked musicians to create a new sound and environment for the songs that speaks to Justin's roots, musically and personally. This creative collaboration, paired with Justin's longtime guitarist Paul Niehaus, has resulted in an album that takes a big step forward.1. Champagne Corolla
2. Maybe A Moment
3. What's She Crying For
5. Kids In The Street
6. Faded Valentine
7. What's Goin' Wrong
8. Short Hair Woman
9. Same Old Stagolee
10. If I Was The Devil
11. Trouble Is
12. There Go A Fool$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Feathers & FishhooksLimited Edition Forest Green Vinyl
Rayland Baxter's debut full-length album 'feathers & fishHooks' is now available on limited edition forest green vinyl. 'feathers & fishHooks' was recorded in Nashville and was produced by Rayland along with Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose) and Eric Masse (Madi Diaz, Kyle Ryan). Grammy Award-winning producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Kings of Leon) mixed the record and served as its executive producer.1. the mtn songM
4. teLL me Lover
5. the woman for me
6. good friend
8. wiLLy s song
9. driveway meLody
12. wiLLow$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A.2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.'
Although it would become his biggest selling album with seven top 10 singles
on the Billboard Hot 100, Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars
says "any of those songs could be played with acoustic guitar alone and
still be great." Taking this idea as its premise, 'Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to
Born in the U.S.A' strips the album's twelve indelible originals to the core, with
contributions from Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Low, Nicole Atkins, Justin
Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, Joe Pug, Trampled by Turtles, and more. Rolling Stone premiered Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires' Dave Cobb-produced
cover of "Born In The U.S.A," saying these artists are "reimagining 'Born in
the U.S.A.'... with a reduced approach more influenced by that of the acoustic
Isbell says of his cover, ""Born In The U.S.A." is one of my favorites
because so many people have seemingly misunderstood the lyrical content
and the song's overall tone. When you listen to the demo, the dark, minor key
arrangement makes it clear that this is not strictly a song of celebration.
We wanted to stay true to that version." Amanda Shires adds, "I love that
the song paints a picture of struggle in the face of the American dream, and
the irony in the chorus is delivered with such force that it nearly
transcends irony altogether."1. Born In The U.S.A. - Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires
2. Cover Me - The Apache Relay
3. Darlington Country - Quaker City Nighthawks
4. Working On The Highway - Blitzen Trapper
5. Downbound Train - Joe Pug
6. I'm On Fire - Low
7. No Surrender - Holly Williams
8. Bobby Jean - Ryan Culwell
9. I'm Goin' Down - Trampled By Turtles
10. Glory Days - Justin Townes Earle
11. Dancing In The Dark - Nicole Atkins
12. My Hometown - North Mississippi Allstars$19.99Vinyl LP Buy Now
ADAD-VAG-2315xJustin Townes Earle
Single MothersAfter two and a half years since his last release, Justin Townes Earle is back and pleased to announce his fifth studio album (and first ever on Vagrant
Records), Single Mothers.
Single Mothers is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. As a
recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we've not seen before on past records. "One day I just realized it's not cool to
die young, and it's even less cool to die after 30," Justin laughs as he reflects on a life past and his new found clarity. What he's created is an album that's
raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn't touched upon since his debut EP, Yuma.
Once compared to a man who wears many suits JTE has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally, in thirty-two short years.
Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, being born Steve Earle's son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it's safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. Single
Mothers serves as the perfect platform for such narrations.1. Worried Bout The Weather
2. Single Mothers
3. My Baby Drives
4. Today and a Lonely Night
5. Picture in a Drawer
6. Wanna Be a Stranger
7 White Gardenias
8. Time Shows Fools
9. It's Cold in This House
10. Burning Pictures$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-VAG-6313xJustin Townes Earle
Absent FathersFollowing the success of his critically-acclaimed-fifth-studio-album, Single Mothers, Justin Townes Earle is pleased to announce the release of the companion album, Absent Fathers. Comprised of 10 tracks, Absent Fathers was recorded alongside Single Mothers as a double album, but as Justin began to sequence it, he felt each half
needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities. Single Mothers was released on September 9, 2014 via Vagrant Records. Combined with Absent Fathers, the double album perfectly showcases exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana.1. Farther From Me
3. Least I Got The Blues
4. Call Ya Momma
5.Day and Night
6. Round the Bend
7. When the OneYou Love Loses Faith
8. Slow Monday
9. Someone Will Pay
10. Looking For A Place To Land$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Embers Of TimeA talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst - Uncut
He's found a way to encapsulate all the dichotomies of life and make them work within the confines of a three-minute pop song. - Popmatters
"It's my surreal expat therapy record," observes Josh Rouse about his new LP, The Embers of Time. A career peak, The Embers of Time takes inspiration from his self-admitted crisis of confidence and bouts with existential psychotherapy in his adopted home of Valencia, Spain.
The 10-song collection of originals contains some of Rouse's most beautiful arrangements and complex songwriting to date. First song and lead single "Some Days I'm Golden All Night" channels Glen Campbell-style Countrypolitan pop mastery through 'Self Portrait'-era Dylan confessional lyrics.
Rouse has been called "one of contemporary music's most engaging singer-songwriters" (NPR) as well as "a talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst" (Uncut), and with The Embers of Time he opens a new chapter in his lauded career. He split time recording the album between Valencia and Nashville, and enlisted Brad Jones (Justin Townes Earle) as producer. The record moves from the hushed twang of "Time," where Josh recalls a stepfather who died too young and muses about his own mortality, to the deceptively sunny album closer "Crystal Falls," which recounts a rare period of solace from his itinerant childhood. "In Crystal Falls I made a few good friends," he sings. "It was just another stop. I never saw them again."
Originally hailing from rural Nebraska, Rouse has carved out a distinguished career as a top-tier musician. His last record, 'The Happiness Waltz' earned unanimous praise, with AllMusic calling it "absolutely beautiful, like 10cc producing Al Green."1. Some Days I'm Golden All Night
2. Too Many Things On My Mind
3. New Young
4. You Walked Through The Door
6. Pheasant Feather
7. Coat For A Pillow
8. Worried Blues
9. Expat Blues
10. Crystal Falls$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now (Out of Stock)The follow-up to 2010's staggeringly good Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle's new album Nothings Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now was recorded completely live with no overdubs at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC with many of the same players involved on Harlem River Blues, the exception being Amanda Shires who joins the proceedings on fiddle this time around. The soulful 10-song set was co-produced by Earle with Skylar Wilson and has the fingerprints of Memphis all over it.
Earle explains, I think that its the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more. The new record is completely different than my last one, Harlem River Blues. This time Ive gone in a Memphis-soul direction.1. Am I That Lonely Tonight?
2. Look the Other Way
3. Nothings Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
4. Babys Got a Bad Idea
6. Down on the Lower East Side
7. Wont Be the Last Time
8. Memphis in the Rain
9. Unfortunately, Anna
10. Movin On$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
O Be Joyful (Out Of Stock)180 gram vinyl in gatefold jacket from Dualtone Music.
O' Be Joyful is a raw, honest, gritty and minimalist offering that packs a wallop with its pure energy, distinctive harmonies and stellar songwriting.
Shovels & Rope consists of two artists with music careers prior to joining forces. Cary Ann Hearst is an acclaimed singer/songwriter who has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition and had her song "Hell Bells" used in HBO's True Blood. Michael Trent is a celebrated solo artist and the former singer/guitarist of band The Films.
Since 2010, Shovels & Rope has been traveling the highways and back roads of North America, logging hundreds of shows and performing for crowds large and small. In 2011 alone, they were invited to tour with a wide array of acts including Justin Townes Earle, Jason Isbell, the Felice Brothers, Hayes Carll and Butch Walker, and have accumulated a fiercely loyal fan base along the way, building an audience the old-fashioned way.1. Birmingham
3. O' Be Joyful
4. Hail Hail
5. Lay Low
6. Kemba's Got The Cabbage Moth Blues
7. Tickin' Bomb
9. Shank Hill St.
11. This Means War$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
The Stand-In (Out Of Stock)Caitlin Rose is back with a new studio album, the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut, Own Side Now. The Stand-In introduces a newfound confidence in Rose, the poise of an experienced songwriter rarely displayed on a sophomore offering. This sense of self-assurance is woven throughout twelve carefully crafted songs with the timeless sound and witty approach to lyricism that has become her signature. Still only 25, the scope of her progression as an artist is palpable from the outset, and Rose herself happily concurs.
"This album could be considered my first attempt at a high kick," she says, acknowledging Own Side Now as a much more small scale and pared down recording. "We're not aiming to make indie-sounding records. How boring would that be? "Incorporating classic influences from her Nashville roots with a modern pop twist, Caitlin's vocals soar over lyrics that seem to possess the wisdom of an old soul. Crafted with Nashville producers Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle), featuring two songs co-written with Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), The Stand-In came together and took form as a team effort, strengthened by a longtime friendship with band mates Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum.
Inspired by classic country musicians, misunderstandings, break ups, mystical landmarks and the constantly evolving landscape of the Nashville music scene, The Stand-In is an ambitious record, a testament to Rose's bold approach and strength as a songwriter. With a trademark punch that the New York Times once likened to a young "Patsy Cline learning to howl, Rose's fiery disposition shines through on rollicking tracks like "No One To Call" and "Waitin'," songs that possess a huge sound and a whole lot of character. Never the type to be one-dimensional, Rose wears her heart on her sleeve on candid serenades like "I Was Cruel" and sentimental ballads like "Pink Champagne" or "When I'm Gone."And in true form, Rose includes a brilliant cover on The Stand-In, this time of The Felice Brothers' single, "Dallas."1. No One to Call
2. I Was Cruel
4. Only a Clown
6. Pink Champagne
7. Golden Boy
8. Silver Sings
9. Everywhere I Go
10. When I'm Gone
12. Old Numbers$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock