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Silver Bell (Awaiting Repress)Silver Bell, recorded in 2000 and intended to be the follow-up to Patty Griffin's hard-rocking 1998 sophomore release, Flaming Red was shelved by A&M
Records, a victim of the label's turn-of-the-century ownership change. Now, newly mixed by legendary producer Glyn Johns, Silver Bell will get its release with the original songs that were recorded at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studio in New Orleans. Despite its 13 years of limbo, the sought-after album spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2" for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album. In
addition, the band's Natalie Maines recorded the album's title track for her recent solo debut, Mother.
Big awareness among fans of this early career, never-before-released album. Emmylou Harris sings harmony on "Truth #2". Patty's 2010 album
Downtown Church won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album. Patty's songs have been covered by all types of artists; from Kelly Clarkson
and Jessica Simpson to Bon Iver and Ben Harper, expanding her audience beyond the core indie/ Americana fan.1. Little God
2. Truth #2
4. Perfect White Girls
5. Sooner or Later
6. What You Are
7. Silver Bell
9. Mother of God
10. One More Girl
11. Sorry and Sad
13. Top of the World
14. So Long$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
1000 Kisses1000 Kisses is the third studio album by Patty Griffin. It was originally released in 2002, and is now available on vinyl for the first time.
After a drought of four years, which saw Patty's expected 2000 release, Silver Bell, remain shelved with the absorption of her former label, this would be the first of her albums to be released by new label, ATO. The album was recorded and co-produced with long-time guitarist and band leader, Doug Lancio, in the basement studio of his Nashville home, with the occasional cough or footfall audible in the background. The stripped down music has a close and intimate feel, focusing mainly on the emotions within her voice and establishing her as one of the finest songwriters recording today. The album would receive a Grammy nomination.1. Rain
3. Stolen Car
4. Making Pies
5. Be Careful
6. Long Ride Home
7. Nobody's Crying
8. Tomorrow Night
9. Mil Besos
10. Reprise$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Profile: Best Of Emmylou HarrisAlready celebrated as a discoverer and interpreter of other artists' songs, 12-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris has, in the last decade, gained admiration as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. On Hard Bargain, her third Nonesuch disc, she offers 11 original songs-three of them co-written with Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer Will Jennings-that touch on the autobiographical while reaching for the universal. She recalls the storied time she spent with her mentor Gram Parsons ("The Road") and composes a sweet remembrance of the late singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle ("Darlin' Kate") and the time they spent together, right up to the end. Harris locates poignancy and fresh meaning in events both historical and personal. On "My Name Is Emmett Till" she recounts a violent, headline-making story from the civil rights era in a heartbreakingly plain-spoken narrative, told from the murdered victim's perspective; on "Goodnight Old World," she fashions a bittersweet lullaby to her newly born grandchild, contrasting a grown-up's world-weariness with a baby's wide-eyed wonder. "Big Black Dog," with its loping canine-like rhythms, is also a true tale, about a black lab mix named Bella. Harris, who runs a dog shelter called Bonaparte's Retreat on her property, rescued Bella from the Nashville Metro pound and provided an especially happy ending to her story: "She goes on the tour bus with me now, along with another one of my rescues. I think of all the years on the road I wasted without a dog. They make it so much more pleasant. I'm making up for lost time now, that's for sure."Few in pop or country music have achieved such honesty or revealed such maturity in their writing.
Forty years into her career, Harris shares the hard-earned wisdom that-hopefully if not inevitably-comes with getting older, though she's never stopped looking ahead. The candor of Harris's words is matched by a simple, elegantly rendered production from Jay Joyce (Patty Griffin, Jack Ingram, Cage the Elephant), with whom she'd previously recorded a theme for the romantic drama, Nights in Rodanthe. While Harris's acclaimed 2008 All I Intended to Be was recorded intermittently over a span of three years and featured an all-star cast of musician friends, including Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, and the McGarrigles, Hard Bargain was cut in a mere four weeks last summer at a Nashville studio, with only Harris, Joyce, and multi-instrumentalist Giles Reaves. Joyce gets big results from this strikingly small combo: Harris played acoustic guitars and overdubbed all the harmonies; Joyce layered shimmering electric guitar parts; Reaves-employing piano, pump organ, and synths as well as playing percussion-conjured gorgeous atmospherics, often giving these tracks, as Harris puts it, "a floaty, dreamy quality.""It's such a beautifully realized sound," says Harris. "We didn't have the need for anyone else given how versatile Giles and Jay are. We became our own little family in the studio. We cut very simply, with just maybe a click and whatever they wanted to play and me on an acoustic guitar, going for that vocal and that feel, right to the heart of the matter. After we got a track, there were all those lovely brush strokes they were able to add to it later on. I particularly love the guitar part Jay put on 'My Name Is Emmett Till.' It's a simple part but it just breaks my heart whenever I hear it. It's like a cry from heaven or something. Jay works really fast but he puts so much thought into what he does. I've been very lucky to work with so many great producers over the years and now I guess it was time to increase the stable."On "The Road,"1. One Of These Days
2. Sweet Dreams
3. To Daddy
4. (You Never Can Tell) C'est La Vie
5. Making Believe
6. East From Now On
7. Together Again
8. If I Could Only Win Your Love
9. Too Far Gone
10. Two More Bottles Of Wine
11. Boulder To Birminham
12. Hello Stranger$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
American KidNew West Records is proud
to announce that Patty
Grifn will release her
new album, American Kid,
on May 7.
The album, co-produced
by Grifn and Craig Ross,
is her seventh and rst
for New West. It is her rst
album of mainly new
material since the acclaimed
Children Running Through
In between then and now,
she made the Grammy
Church in 2010 and became
a member of Band of Joy
alongside Robert Plant.1. Go Wherever You Wanna Go
2. Don't Let Me Die In Florida
4. Wild Old Dog
5. Mom & Dad's Waltz
6. Faithful Son
7. Highway Song
8. That Kind Of Lonely
9. Irish Boy
10. Get Ready Marie
11. Not A Bad Man
12. Gonna Miss You When You're Gone$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs By Karen DaltonKaren Dalton (1937-1993) recorded two studio albums during her lifetime, neither of which contain any songs she wrote. By the good graces of legendary guitarist Peter Walker, who oversees Karen's estate, we are gifted with these lost lyrics, now given voice by other great women of song. Featured artists include; Sharon Van Etten, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Marissa Nadler, Isobel Campbell and more.1. Remembering Mountains (Sharon Van Etten)
2. All That Shines Is Not Truth (Patty Griffin)
3. This Is Our Love (Diane Cluck)
4. My Love, My Love (Julia Holter)
5. Met An Old Friend (Lucinda Williams)
6. So Long Ago And Far Away (Marissa Nadler)
7. Blue Notion (Laurel Halo)
8. For The Love I m In (Larkin Grimm)
9. Don't Make It Easy (Isobel Campbell)
10. At Last The Night Has Ended (Tara Jane O Neil)
11. Met An Old Friend (Josephine Foster)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-WES-4619xStone Jack Jones
and mesmeric curiously unsettling.
like a sedated Lucinda Williams
swathed in watery echo.
-ALL MUSIC GUIDE
Jones lets a little light in, if only
to show how dark the world can be.
Based in Nashville, but raised in a coal miner's company house on the banks of
Buffalo Creek, WV, Stone Jack Jones is the descendant of four generations of
coal miners. After being rejected from military service in Vietnam due to
epilepsy, and discouraged from pursuing the coal mining business, Jack decided
to start wandering. By the time he landed in Nashville, where he met Roger
Moutenot, Patty Griffin, and Kurt Wagner, Jack had worked as a carny, an escape
artist, a ballet dancer, a professional lute player, and even owned a strip club.
Ancestor was produced in collaboration with Roger Moutenot (known for his
work with Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney, and many others), and features contributions by Patty Griffin, and Lambchop members Ryan Norris, Scott Martin, and
Kurt Wagner. Intensely meditative, the album patiently explores the hardness of
the coal mines, the mystery of suicide, the comfort of a dog's acceptance, the
idea that forgetting all you know can be the first step towards hearing and
reconnecting with your muse, and one man's gratitude for the love he's been
given and the life he's had the chance to live.1. O Child
3. Black Coal
4. State I'm In
6. Red Red Rose
7. Way Gone Wrong
9. Good Enough
11. Petey's Song$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Red Dirt GirlEmmylou Harris's first Nonesuch recording, Red Dirt Girl, was originally released in September 2000, and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album of the year. It was her first solo studio recording since 1995's Wrecking Ball. The album was produced by Malcolm Burn, who previously worked with Harris engineering and mixing Wrecking Ball, and features Buddy Miller on lead guitar; Daryl Johnson on bass and drums; Malcolm Burn on piano, guitar, and bass; and Ethan Johns on drums, guitar, and other miscellaneous instruments. Harris wrote all but one of Red Dirt Girl's 12 tracks, marking only the second time in her career that she has been so involved in the composition of an album. Dave Matthews sings a duet with Harris on the album, and Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, and Patty Griffin also contribute vocals.LP 1
1. The Pearl
3. I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now
5. Red Dirt Girl
6. My Baby Needs a Shepherd
1. Bang the Drum Slowly
2. J'ai Fait Tout
3. One Big Love
4. Hour of Gold
5. My Antonia
6. Boy from Tupelo$29.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mavis Staples I'll Take You There: An All-Star Concert CelebrationMavis Staples: I'll Take You There, An All-Star Concert Celebration captured performances from the historic, one-night event that honored the music of Mavis Staples, one of the most beloved cultural icons of our time.
This hour-plus LP features 15 once-in-a-lifetime performances from the likes of Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Michael McDonald, Glen Hansard, Aaron Neville, Eric Church, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Raitt, Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, and Jeff Tweedy. Each artist honors Mavis Staples by singing her classic tunes, culminating in a full ensemble jam session of The Weight.
Selections from the concert's audio recording include some of Mavis' classics, like I'll Take You There, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, and People Get Ready.LP 1
1. Buddy Miller - Woke Up This Morning (With Jesus on my Mind)
2. Patty Griffin - Waiting For My Child To Come Home
3. Emmylou Harris - Far Celestial Shore
4. Michael McDonald - Freedom Highway
5. Glen Hansard - People Get Ready
6. Mavis & Aaron Neville - Respect Yourself
7. Eric Church - Eyes On The Prize
8. Taj Mahal - Wade In The Water
9. Gregg Allman - Have A Little Faith
10. Mavis & Bonnie Raitt - Turn Me Around
1. Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, & Mavis Staples - Will The Circle Be Unbroken
2. Mavis, Win Butler & RÉgine Chassagne - Slippery People
3. Mavis & Jeff Tweedy - You Are Not Alone
4. Mavis Staples - I'll Take You There
5. Full Ensemble - The Weight$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Summer SkinSummer Skin, the new album from Amy Cook is set for release on Roothouse Records/Thirty Tigers. The 12-songs on Summer Skin feature an all-star band, special cameos and Cook's strongest songwriting and recording to date. Cook successfully achieves the perfect balance between intelligent, thoughtful singer/songwriter and strong rock chick. Rolling Stone desribes Cook as "a brassier, dusty Deborah Harry."
Summer Skin represents a new plateau for Cook as an artist. "This is the happiest I've ever been with anything I've ever recorded," says Cook, "I was working with people who really were able to get into my mind and help me let go of my expectations, instead of worrying 'is this gonna rock hard enough or be rootsy enough or be smart enough.'"
Those people begin with producer Craig Street, whose long list of credits includes Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Henry and K.D. Lang. Then comes an all-star band, featuring David Garza (guitar), Me'Shell N'Degeocello (bass), Chris Bruce (guitar) and Jonathan Wilson (drums).
Cook had a few other friends make some special contributions to Summer Skin. Robert Plant sings harmony with Cook on the beautiful "It's Gonna Rain," and joins Patty Griffin on the moody "Airplane Driver." Ben Kweller co-wrote and sings back up on the catchy rocker "Getting To You."1. Waiting 4 the World 2 End
2. Sun Setting Backwards
3. It's Gonna Rain (with Robert Plant)
4. Summer Skin
5. Getting to You (with Ben Kweller)
6. Airplane Driver
8. Hello, Bunny
9. Who's Gonna Break Your Fall
11. When I Wake Up$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of SongFor his fifth album, Amos Lee took a different path for the recording, working in a new city with a new producer. Recording with Amos' road tested touring
band, the album was the first project to be recorded in a brand-new studio, built in a converted church in Nashville by producer JAY JOYCE (Emmylou
Harris, Little Big Town, Eric Church). The follow-up to 2011's chart-topping Mission Bell brings the artist into new sonic territory, while retaining the
trenchant impact of the scenes, characters, and stories in his writing. Joyce introduced a broader palette to Amos' work, creating a richness and a variety
that's never distracting or self-conscious. Being in Nashville also allowed several remarkable guests to come by the sessions including ALISON KRAUSS
and PATTY GRIFFIN lend heavenly vocals.
Amos' last album was a surprise entry at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and in an amazingly consistent career he's now sold a million albums over his first
four albums. With each album, Amos has deepened his connection to the Nashville community earning fans and performing with an A to Z of the country
world, from Lady Antebellum from Zac Brown. Making the album with a proven country hitmaker and doing a much-buzzed about showcase in Nashville in
June has furthered that cause. Major daytime and latenight TV looks, NPR looks, AAA domination, a series of high-profile synch placements and an
amazing sold out tour this fall and early next year will insure that there are drivers for this album well into 2014.1. Johnson Blvd.
3. Tricksters, Hucksters, and Scamps
4. Chill In The Air
5. Dresser Drawer
7. High Water
8. The Man Who Wants You
10. Plain View
11. Mountains of Sorrow
12. Burden$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-NEW-02127xBuddy & Julie Miller
Written In ChalkBuddy and Julie Miller have been writing and making music together since they first me and married over 20 years ago. Whether the end result was a Buddy record or a Julie record, they couldn't help but collaborate and influence eachother's work. New West is now releasing their latest effort, Written In Chalk, a true collaboration. The musical synergy this couple has with each other is clear on the record and is rounded out with a thoughtful, country-soul vibe, emotional lyrics, outstanding musicianship and of course, Buddy's extraordinary guitar playing. Guests on the record include Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Regina and Ann McCrary and Larry Campbell. Written In Chalk was recorded at the couple's home studio in Nashville, TN.
It might be the best record I've ever heard. - Don Was
My Hero. If you want to talk about how country music should be nowadays, it's Buddy Miller. - Emmylou Harris
I have been able to listen to Buddy capture the great stylistic moments of the American guitar and bring them roaring into the present - reserved, sympathetic and blistering. - Robert Plant1. Ellis Country
2. Gasoline And Matches
3. Don't Say Goodbye (with Patty Griffin)
4. What You Gonna Do Leroy (with Robert Plant)
5. Long Time
6. One Part, Two Part (with Regina McCrary)
7. Chalk (with Patty Griffin)
8. Everytime We Say Goodby
9. Hush, Sorrow (with Regina McCrary)
10. Memphis Jane
12. The Selfishness In Man (with Emmylou Harris)
13. Little Darlin *
14. By Way Of Sorrow *
15. You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast *
* Vinyl Only Bonus Tracks$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
KeeperJohn Doe is one of modern music's most authentic and enduring songwriters. A keystone of the legendary LA punk rock band X, the Chicago Tribune called him, punk rock's golden throat. While touring with X over the last 30 years, Doe also cultivated his own career as a solo artist, diving head-first into alt-country, folk and gut-wrenching rock 'n' roll.
His latest record is Keeper, the glass-half-full counterpart to 2007's emotionally damaged A Year in the Wilderness. Keeper was recorded over six months with hit-making producer/mixer Dave Way and features performances from legends and friends alike. Patty Griffin, Don Was, Smokey Hormel and Steve Berlin take star turns along with great performances from Cindy Wasserman and Jill Sobule.
Doe says of the process, Pieces of sadness exists in everything but it doesn't have to be the only thing. I finally figured out how to write a love song where the people actually get loved. This is a record by a veteran artist who has come back from the brink with his arms full of fast and beautiful songs.1. Don't Forget How Much I Love You
2. Never Enough
3. Little Tiger
4. Giant Step Backward
5. Walking Out the Door
8. Handsome Devil
9. Jump Into My Arms
10. Lucky Penny
11. Cottage in the 'Dale
12. Painting the Town Blue$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cho DependentCritically acclaimed comedian Margaret Cho is set to release an album of comedy songs on her own Clownery
Records this August. I want to create a new genre of music that is hilarious but also seriously good, so I turned to
some of my music heroes to help me out, says Margaret in reference to her forthcoming album Cho Dependent. I
have wanted to make an album like this forever. I love comedy music!
The lyrics on Cho Dependent, which tackle issues of sex, drugs, rock & roll (and lice), may be laugh-inducing, but
Cho has made no compromises when it comes to the quality of the songwriting and production. Aer My Puss,
a hilarious rap parody Cho recorded impromptu-style with friends, became a surprise YouTube hit, Cho began to
integrate more comedy music into her live stand-up shows. With Cho Dependent, her first comedy music album, Cho
got a chance to hone her cra with some of the top names in the business.
Over the years of being an intense music geek I got to meet a lot of my heroes and I tricked them all into writing
songs with me, explains Cho. Most comics want to be rock stars, and most rock stars want to be comics, so it was an
There are so many amazing people I got to work with on this album, Cho continues, Jon Brion, Fiona Apple,
Tegan and Sara, Andrew Bird, Ani DiFranco, Garrison Starr, Meghan Toohey, Brendan Benson,
Rachael Yamagata, Carl Newman, Grant Lee Phillips, Patty Griffin, Ben Lee, Kevin Barnes $ I still have to
pinch myself!1. Intervention feat. Tegan & Sara
2. Calling in Stoned feat. Tommy Chong
3. Your Dick feat. Ben Lee
4. Baby Im With !e Band
feat. Brendan Benson
5. Hey Big Dog feat.Fiona Apple
6. Im Sorry feat. Andrew Bird
8. Enemies feat. Jon Brion
9. Asian Adjacent
10. Gimme Your Seed feat. Garrison Starr
11. Eat Shit and Die feat. Grant Lee Phillips
12. Captain Cameltoe feat. Ani DiFranco
13. My Puss$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Love & Torture
Simultaneously claustrophobic and
mesmeric curiously unsettling.
"...Breathtakingly insightful and poetic..."
Beautifully desolate piece of Americana that
wouldn't sound out of place on the soundtrack
for True Detective.
- THE TIMES (UK)
A smokey lament that comes off like a
slightly jazzier Spiritualized.
Stone Jack Jones is a survivor. On two separate occasions the rare and mysterious blood
condition that courses through his steely West Virginian veins almost killed him. Doctors couldn't
fully explain or treat his malady, but Jack pulled through, even after receiving last rites on one
occasion. Spending a little time at Death's door gave him unique perspective on life. While
recovering from one of his near death experiences he deeply pondered the necessity of death,
the torturous pain that comes with the death of someone you love, and eventually arrived at the
simultaneously comforting and alarming conclusion that he was both alive and dead at the same
In 2014 Jack released Ancestor, an album which The Quietus called " breathtakingly insightful
and poetic ", and SPIN called undeniably compelling ". As a tribute to his father, Ancestor
was a remembrance of mountain string bands, with many of the songs worked out as an acoustic
three-piece sitting together in a bluegrass circle. For his new album Love & Torture he took a
different approach, working out the foundations for most of the songs in the studio with producer
Roger Moutenot. Rather than recording everything over of a few days or weeks in the studio, the
two met up sporadically over the course of many months, giving the songs plenty of time to
gestate and evolve in stride with Jack's life. When it felt right, they'd invite long-time collaborators
including Ryan Norris, Scott Martin, and Kyle Hamlett into the studio to improvise and explore
where each song would go next. Having worked and created with the same guys for several years,
their trust and intimacy let them extract moments of brilliance from the ether.
The album opens with the woozy groove of Shine (one of two songs on the album featuring
vocals by Patty Griffin), which Jack describes as a contemplation of what heaven might be like.
The following song Thrill Thrill explores the helplessness he felt in the clutches of the blood
disease that nearly killed him. Lambchop's Kurt Wagner contributes some serious low-end to the
song Circumstance. As Jack recalls, I asked Kurt if he thought he could sing lower than me and
he gave me a wily smile with a deep long ooooh yeah, took a sip of whiskey and put it in the
basement. The mood lightens a bit on the drinking song Russia on which Jack's wife Hollis
chants verses from Russian poet Alexander Blok, while Ben Smythe contributes a frenetic and
deranged penny whistle to the party. The album concludes with the joyful acceptance and
appreciation of Amen, another song about Jack's celebration of life. As dark as his creative
output can seem at times, it's heavily infused with Jack's undeniable light and his patient will to
...knock a hole in the sky. Seek light in the dark. Have secrets and make the air vibrate and
shake reality so she shows her many faces. Like a collection of swirling and inviting mantras
Love & Torture is a sonic dialog that pulses with the all of the grace and bliss that has touched
Jack's incredible life.1. Shine
2. Thrill Thrill
3. Q and K
10. Say Amen$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Southern AvenueSouthern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. "If Memphis is a genre, this is it!" proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue "The most talked about band in Memphis."
Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue's upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.
Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience.
Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy.
The band members' diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it's Southern Avenue's own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as Don't Give Up, What Did I Do, It's Gonna Be Alright, Love Me Right and Wildflower. The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles' Memphis soul classic Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love.
The seeds for Southern Avenue's birth were planted when Ori Naftaly, who'd grown up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American blues and funk, came to Memphis in 2013 to compete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. That experience led to Naftaly moving permanently to Memphis and successfully touring the United States with his own band. Although his talents were embraced by American audiences, Naftaly felt constrained in his own band, feeling the need to include a more expansive, collaborative musical vision. That opportunity arrived when he met Memphis native Tierinii Jackson, who'd gotten her start singing in church, before performing in a series of cover bands and theatrical projects.
According to Ori, When I saw Tierinii perform, I thought, 'This is why I came to America.' I met her and we clicked. At our first rehearsal, she told me that her sister was a drummer, and she thought it would be great to have her in the band. We had such a good vibe, and suddenly I didn't care so much about my solo thing.
I initially clicked with Ori really well, but it was his project, Tierinii remembers. Then he came to me and said 'I want this band to be a collaboration, I want this to be our vision and our music.' So we started writing together, and that's when I realized that we were really the same musically.
We started over, Naftaly continues. We threw out most of the songs I'd been playing in my solo band, and Tierinii and I wrote a whole new set, and we became Southern Avenue. The more we played together, the closer we got, and the more we became a family. We started getting a different kind of crowd, and from there things escalated quickly.
Ori said, 'My band is done, this is y'all's band,' Tierinii recalls. We all quit our other gigs and started focusing on this, working and writing and living together in a way that you don't experience when you're playing somebody else's music. Now we're playing songs that we wrote ourselves and we're playing them from our hearts. That is when I realized that we had something special. Despite not having a record deal, Southern Avenue quickly found success touring in America and Europe. They won additional attention playing some prestigious festivals and competing in the International Blues Challenge, in which they represented Memphis. Less than a year after the band's formation, they were signed to the resurgent Stax label.
I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility, says Tierinii. I grew up in Memphis, seeing the name Stax everywhere. It was a constant presence, and now it's up to us to live up that. I feel like this band can be a platform to do a lot of positive things for the city of Memphis. I want to change the world, but Memphis is home. Tierinii views Southern Avenue as a perfect soundtrack to our first year together. We wrote these songs in our first nine months of being a band. We'd all done so many things and come from so many different places, but the music represents all of us. It's been a real crash course, she continues. We've haven't been a band for very long, but what we have feels very special, and it's made us a strong unit. I think that we represent something that people need to see right now.
This band has already made our dreams come true, Ori concludes. I've waited all my life to be in a band like this, and it's amazing to me that I get to play with these people every night. Our goal is to keep doing this for a long time and leave our mark. We're trying to build a legacy.1. Don't Give Up
2. What Did I Do
3. It's Gonna Be Alright
4. Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
5. Love Me Right
6. 80 Miles From Memphis
8. No Time To Lose
10. Peace Will Come$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now