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UNIM-SAV-3417xBig Bad Voodoo Daddy
Louie Louie LouieBig Bad Voodoo Daddy is pleased to announce the release of Louie, Louie, Louie, the band's eleventh studio album and a salute to the music of Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima.
Louie, Louie, Louie reveals the evolution of swing, jazz and popular music through the songs and personalities of these three giants of American culture. With a blend of greatest hits and essential works, the listener is transported from the earliest days of New Orleans jazz and ragtime to the birth of R&B and rock and roll. These remarkable artists revolutionized American music and popular culture and set new standards for what great entertainment and artistic expression could be. Their influence on Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is profound and if you enjoy the band, they are among the chief reasons why.1. Dinah
2. Oh, Marie
3. Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
4. Jack, You're Dead!
5. Whistle Stop
6. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
7. Basin Street Blues
8. Jump, Jive an' Wail
9. Knock Me A Kiss
10. Stuttin' With Some Barbecue
11. Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days
12. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
13. When The Saints Go Marching In$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Some Cold Rainy DayEden & John's East River String Band are a contemporary acoustic duo that play country/blues classics from the 1920s and 1930s. The band consists of Eden Brower on ukulele and vocals with John Heneghan on guitar and vocals, including special guest Terry Waldo (legendary ragtime piano player who has recorded and toured with Leon Redbone and Woody Allen).
The duo try to keep alive the rural music tradition that existed before the Great Depression of the '30s, playing primarily country blues covers including classics by such greats as Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Lottie Kimbrough and Blind Lemon Jefferson.
Some Cold Rainy Day is by far one of the most enjoyable contemporary recordings of early pre-war blues music I have ever heard. Eden and John stay true to the original arrangements and vocals that these songs had when they were first released. I would call this a MUST-own for fans young and old of blues music and even those who want a modern introduction to the great old music of the 1920s and 1930s. PLEASE NOTE: Crumb not only did the cover for this album; he loves the music on it, too. Crumb collectors know that he does very little commercial work now with his busy schedule and will only illustrate items he himself loves. What better endorsement is there than that? - Ralph Deluca1. Ain't No Tellin'
2. Nobody's Business If I Do
3. One Dime Blues
4. Slidin' Delta
5. Every Day In The Week
6. Some Cold Rainy Day
7. Bye Bye Baby Blues
8. Future Blues
9. I Had To Give Up Gin
10. Rolling Log Blues
11. Crow Jane
12. Do Dirty Jane
13. On Our Turpentine Farm$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Long Way From HomeThird Man Records is proud to announce the forthcoming releases of Leon Redbone's Long Way From Home, the never-before-released earliest known recordings of the mysterious performer. Redbone's career has spanned over four decades and began with his earliest performances on the folk festival and club circuit. His numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live and other outlets catalyzed his rise to international recognition. Over the ensuing years he has appeared throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Japan and released thirteen albums of his unique music, a panoply of early music styles that he delivered with his singular laconic idiosyncratic style. A true champion of early American ragtime, blues and jazz, Leon Redbone has spent a lifetime preserving that musical tradition while exposing successive generations to a rich musical heritage of which they might not otherwise have become aware. Recorded in 1972 by Dave Benders for WBFO Radio at the University of Buffalo, Long Way From Home features some of the first Leon Redbone recordings. Long Way From Home was never released commercially and is finally available in a double-LP package for all to enjoy.1. Lord, I Looked Down The Road
2. Mother, Queen Of My Heart
3. T.B. Blues
4. Don't Let It Bother You
6. Me And The Devil Blues
7. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
8. Mississippi River Blues
9. Kind Hearted Woman Blues
10. Old Love Letters
11. Sweet Mama Hurry Home Or I'll Be
13. Nobody Knows But Me
14. My Walking Stick
15. Cat Man Blues
16. Gambling Bar Room Blues
17. My Good Gal's Gone Blues
18. Yodeling Cowboy
19. Bootleg Rum Dum Blues$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
OVSE-MOV-1773xBlind Willie McTell
Atlanta Twelve-String180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Blind Willie McTell (May 5, 1898 - August 19, 1959) was a Piedmont blues and ragtime singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues. Unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively. McTell was also an adept slide guitarist, unusual among ragtime bluesmen. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voices of Delta bluesmen such as Charley Patton.
McTell's influence extended over a wide variety of artists, including the Allman Brothers Band, who covered his Statesboro Blues, and Bob Dylan, who paid tribute to him in his 1983 song Blind Willie McTell, the refrain of which is And I know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell. Other artists influenced by McTell include Taj Mahal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Ralph McTell, Chris Smither and the White Stripes.1. Kill It Kid
2. The Razor Ball
3. Little Delia
4. Broke Down Engine Blues
5. Dying Crapshooter's Blues
6. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
7. Blues Around Midnight
8. Last Dime Blues
9. On The Cooling Board
10. Motherless Children Have A Hard Time
11. I Got To Cross The River Jordan
12. You Got To Die
13. Ain't It Grand To Live A Christian
14. Pearly Gates
15. Soon This Morning$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Catch 22: Keasbey NightsKeasby Nights is the first full length album by Catch 22. The record is powered by a three piece horn section who can lay down smooth harmonies over a rhythm section that can turn stylistic directions on a dime. Shifting from hard hitting punk complete with machine gun fills and driving rhythms, to the up-beat sounds of early jump-style swing and ragtime influenced dance music. This unique blend of sounds and influence brings to the band's music the edginess of punk combined with the catchy vocal melodies and danceable rhythms of swing and ska.1. Dear Sergio
2. Sick and Sad
3. Keasbey Nights
4. Day in Day Out
5. Walking Away
6. Giving up Giving In
7. On & On & On
8. Riding the Fourth Wave
9. This One Goes Out to...
11. 9mm and a Three Piece Suit
12. Kristina She Don't Know I Exist
13. As the Footsteps Die Out Forever
14. 12341234$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Champagne Charlie (Pre-Order)Blending ragtime blues, honky tonk harmonies, vaudevillian echoes and a musical persona entirely his own, Leon Redbone's 1978 release Champagne Charlie is a tour de force from one of the most mercurial, magical and talented artists in modern music.
One of the distinguishing factors on the record is the fine choice of material, which ranges from Jelly Roll Morton to Jimmie Rogers. As usual with Redbone, the fare is lighthearted and tinged with nostalgia, and sweetened by antique arrangements. The band is delightful, filled with jubilant horns, oboes, and trumpets and, of course, Redbone's rich baritone and throwback acoustic guitar shine.
The album, produced by Joel Dorn, is filled with the best that Dixie, Delta blues and ragtime jazz has to offer keeping true to the old style that made these songs so popular to begin with. Leon has a sort of irreverent, off beat approach to these old jazz classics that is just plain fun to listen to. A charming and romantic introspective collection of classic blues and jazz melodies... each performance is an irresistible listen...his style is unmatched.1. Champagne Charlie
2. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
3. Sweet Sue (Just You)
4. The One Rose (That's Left in My Heart)
5. Alabama Jubilee
6. Big Band Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
7. Yearning (Just For You)
8. If Someone Would Only Love Me
9. I Hate a Man Like You
10. T. B. Blues$29.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
White BuffaloIn his native Mississippi and throughout the South, Jimbo Mathus is recognized as the prolific songwriter of born-in-the-bone American music, the torchbearer for Deep South mythology and culture. The lifelong musician and co-founder of the hyper ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers has signed to Oxford, MS label Fat Possum Records and will release White Buffalo, produced by Eric Roscoe Ambel. Opening with the mandolin-driven Southern Gothic fable In The Garden, Mathus and his band, the Tri-State Coalition, deliver an emotional honest bath of songs that embrace the richness of American Music - gospel, country blues and folk. Mathus' tri-state band, a handpicked group of like-minded players who make up his formidable live band, includes Matt Pierce (Arkansas), Terrence Bishop (Tennessee), and fellow Mississippians Eric Carlton and Ryan Rogers.1. In The Garden
2. (I Wanna Be Your) Satellite
3. Tennessee Walker Mare
4. White Buffalo
5. Hatchie Bottom
6. Fake Hex
7. Poor Lost Souls
9. Run Devil Run
10. Useless Heart$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-DOW-7747xCold War Kids
Dear Miss LonelyheartsLong Beach blues rockers Cold War Kids present their fourth studio album, Dear Miss Lonely Hearts. Marking the band's first new material since the release of 2011s Mine Is Yours, the album was recorded in their California studio with producer Lars Stalfors (The Mars Volta, Matt & Kim). It's the first release to feature former Modest Mouse member Dann Gallucci, who replaced the Jonathan Russell earlier this year.
Lead singer Nathan Willett said of the new album: "We were shaken up, ready to let certain songs go further than before by trying new styles and arrangements, while keeping others sparse and caring more about the finished product and less about how we got there."
The album will be preceded by lead single "Miracle Mile. The track features ragtime piano in the mould of earlier Cold War Kids tracks, with crashing drums and guitar building to a minimalist pop chorus showcasing Willett's expressive vocals.
-Jamie Boyd1. Miracle Mile
2. Lost That Easy
3. Loner Phaser
4. Fear & Trembling
6. Bottled Affection
8. Water & Power
9. Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
10. Bitter Poem$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Yesterdays2001 was a vintage year for the Jarrett trio, as three outstanding live albums - "The Out-of-Towners", "Always Let Me Go" and "My Foolish Heart"- have already shown. "Yesterdays", registered at Tokyo's Metropolitan Festival Hall, is a fourth 2001 concert recording, with an all-standards programme and a strong emphasis on bebop, including Charlie Parker's "Scrapple from the Apple", "Shaw'nuff" by Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and Horace Silver's "Strollin'". There is also an exhilarating splash of ragtime in the shape of "You Took Advantage Of Me", and beautiful ballads including the title track and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (both from Jerome Kern's pen). As a bonus: the album concludes with a radiant "Stella by Starlight" captured at a soundcheck: Jarrett, Peacock and DeJohnette playing just for the joy of it...
Keith Jarrett - piano
Gary Peacock - double-bass
Jack DeJohnette - drums
Recorded April 20011. Strollin'
2. You Took Advantage Of Me
5. You've Changed
6. Scrapple From The Apple
7.A Sleepin' Bee
8. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
9. Stella By Starlight$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
December DayCountry music legend Willie Nelson is opening his vault with the launch of a brand-new archival
series, titled Willie's Stash. The first release of the series is
titled, December Day Willie's Stash Vol. 1.
Central to December Day is the collaboration of Willie and
Sister Bobbie. From Willie's earliest years in his native
Abbott, Texas, Bobbie, two years his senior, was a part of
his musical upbringing; the duo learned to read music and
play instruments at an early age under the tutelage of their
grandparents. Playing together in bands early on in their
careers, Bobbie has been a key highlighted member of Willie's
Family Band since its inception, and their bond as siblings
and musicians-a bond that reflects years of both practice and
spontaneity-is palpable throughout December Day.
December Day features new versions of gems from Willie's
extensive songwriting catalog "Permanently Lonely," "My
Old Peculiar Way" and some eclectic covers Irving Berlin's
"Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "What'll I Do" with some
sprinkled contributions from other Family Band members,
including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee
Spears on bass.
The Willie's Stash series offers curated vault releases taken
from decades of recording and touring-a career that's long
established Willie Nelson as an all-time American icon.
December Day is Willie's fifth release since signing to
Legacy Recordings in 2012. His most recent release, Band Of
Brothers, was released in June and hit No. 1 on Billboard's
Country Albums chart.LP 1
1. Alexander's Ragtime Band
2. Permanently Lonely
3. What'll I Do
4. Summer of Roses / December Day; Summer of Roses\ December Day
6. Mona Lisa
7. I Don't Know Where I Am Today
9. Who'll Buy My Memories?
10. The Anniversary Song
1. Laws of Nature
4. I Let My Mind Wander
5. Is the Better Part Over
6. My Own Peculiar Way
7. Sad Songs and Waltzes
8. Ou Es-Tu Mon Amour / I Never Cared for You; Ou Es-Tu Mon Amour\ I Never Cared for You$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
December Day - Willie's Stash Vol 1The new Willie Nelson album, titled December Day, is the first installment of a new series of archival recordings called Willie's Stash. Personally curated by Willie Nelson, the Willie's Stash series will present a variety of releases, culled from decades of recording and touring. A singular career that's established Willie Nelson as an American musical icon.
Produced by Buddy Cannon and augmented by contributions from other Family Band members, the album is a collaboration between Willie Nelson and his sister, Sister Bobbie. December Day showcases 18 unreleased selections from the Willie Nelson Family Songbook, including new versions of gems from Willie's extensive songwriting catalog (Permanently Lonely, My Old Peculiar Way) alongside some surprising cover tunes (Al Jolson's The Anniversary Song, Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band, What'll I Do and Always).
Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (Trigger) and Bobbie Nelson (piano, B-3 organ) with Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin Smith (bass), Bee Spears (bass), Billy English (drums, percussion) and David Zettner (acoustic guitar). Bobbie has been an essential member of Willie's Family Band since its official formation in 1973. Willie and Bobbie's deeply intuitive musical bond, formed and developed through of decades of practice and spontaneity, can be felt throughout December Day.LP1
1. Alexander's Ragtime Band
2. Permanently Lonely
3. What'll I Do
4. Summer Of Roses / December Day
6. Mona Lisa
7. I Don't Know Where I Am Today
9. Who'll Buy My Memories
10. The Anniversary Song
1. Laws Of Nature
4. I Let My Mind Wander
5. Is The Better Part Over
6. My Own Peculiar Way
7. Sad Songs And Waltzes
8. Ou-es Tu, Mon Amour / I Never Cared For You$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Something In The WaterPokey Lafarge and his band bring a focus and energy to the American Roots genre with infectious original material that sits at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing. With his effortless charisma and distinctive charm, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own--and one that extends well beyond the music alone.
Produced by Jimmy Sutton (best known for his work with JD McPherson), Something in the Water marks a new landmark in Pokey's career. The dozen-song set features a diverse cast of talented players, including Pokey's own longstanding touring combo as well as members of such notable outfits as NRBQ, the Fat Babies, the Modern Sounds, and the Western Elstons. Something in the Water finds Pokey expanding and deepening his musical reach on such new originals as the wry, rollicking title track, the swaggering ragtime workout "Wanna Be Your Man," the infectiously jazzy "Underground," the evocative crooner "Cairo, Illinois," the exotic ballad "Barcelona" and the swinging album-closer "Knocking the Dust off the Rust Belt Tonight," whose witty lyrics underline the album's proudly Midwestern sensibility.1. Something in the Water
2. Wanna Be Your Man
4. When Did You Leave Heaven
5. Cairo, Illinois
6. Actin' A Fool
7. All Night Long
8. Goodbye. Barcelona
9. Far Away
10. The Spark
11. Bad Girl
12. Knocking the Dust Off the Rust Belt Tonight$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SUB-1151xFather John Misty
I Love You, HoneybearI Love You, Honeybear was recorded intermittently from 2013 to 2014 in Echo Park, Los Angeles and produced with Jonathan Wilson, whom I also recorded and produced 2012's Fairly Fun with. There's a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, while taking more than a few cues from Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali. Blammo.
It has a decidedly more soulful presence than Fear Fun, due in no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker. The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements. Nearly every tune is augmented by something special, be it orchestral strings, a mariachi band, questionable electronic drum solos, ragtime jazz combos, soul singers, or what have you. I'm pretty sure there's a sitar in there somewhere. Blammo. My ambition, aside from making an indulgent, soulful, and epic sound worthy of the subject matter, was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love,
the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons in my own voice. Blammo.
This material demanded a new way of being made, and it took a lot of time before the process revealed itself. The massive, deranged shmaltz I heard in my head, and knew had to be the sound of this record, originated a few years ago while Emma and I were hallucinating in Joshua Tree; the same week I wrote the title track. I chased that sound for the entire year and half we were recording. The means by which it was achieved bore a striking resemblance to the travails, abandon and transformation of loving someone. There: I said it. Blammo.
-Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed
by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi.1. I Love You, Honeybear
2. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
3. True Affection
4. The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt.
5. When You're Smiling and Astride Me
6. Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
7. Strange Encounter
8. The Ideal Husband
9. Bored in the USA
10. Holy Shit
11. I Went to the Store One Day$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Paradise & Lunch (Speakers Corner)A good 20 years have passed since a band with ancient musicians from Cuba - the Buena Vista Social Club - took the world by storm. Behind the project, in the wings yet right in the midst of this unheard-of music, was Ry Cooder, who regarded this encounter as the greatest musical event of his entire life. The bottleneck guitar hero had always been very interested in the music from the other Americas ever since the solo albums he made in his early years, in which he told the story of the American folk and blues in a multitude of styles. The LP Paradise And Lunch is no exception and begins with gospel-like grooves that smell of native soil. The faint smell of a wooden church from pioneering days wafts out of the processional antiphonal song Jesus On The Mainline and a healthy 12-bar blues paints a picture of what silent witnesses could tell if they could (If Walls Could Talk). Cooder and his sidemen felt themselves perfectly at home when adventuring further afield and this is testified to in the laid-back calypso rhythm of It's All Over Now and the clip-clop of Mexican Divorce.
This wonderful album is highly recommended for each and every number, but if you want a tip for a very special track, then just listen to the ragtime piano rolls in Bo Diddley's Ditty Wah Ditty.
- Ry Cooder (guitar, mandolin, bass, vocal)
- Ronnie Barron (piano, organ)
- Earl Hines (piano)
- Plas Johnson (alto saxophone)
- Oscar Brashear (cornet)
- Red Callender (bass)
- John Duke (bass)
- Russ Titelman (electric bass)
- Chris Ethridge (electric bass)
- Milt Holland (drums, percussion)
- Jim Keltner (drums)
Recording: 1974 at the Warner Brothers Studios in North Hollywood and Burbank (USA), by Lee Herschberg
Production: Lenny Waronker & Russ Titelman
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. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
3. Married Man's a Fool
4. Jesus on the Mainline
5. It's All Over Now
6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
7. If Walls Could Talk
8. Mexican Divorce
9. Ditty Wah Ditty$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Prospect HillDom Flemons - founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and American Songster - will release his third solo
album 'Prospect Hill' in 2014. 'Prospect Hill' nds Flemons digging deeply into
ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music,
string band music, jug band music, fe and drum music, and
ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reinterpreting
the music to suite 21st century audiences.
Solo and with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons has
played live for over one million people within the past three
years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he
co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson in
2005, he has played at a variety of festivals Newport Folk
Festival, Bonnaroo, and the Grand Ole Opry.
One Stop Country called the Prospect Hill, "a classic sound
steeped rich with history, Flemons has expertly taken us
back in time while offering something fresh to our ears at
the same time.1. 'Til the Seas Run Dry
2. Polly Put the Kettle On
3. But They Got It Fixed Right On
4. Have I Stayed Away Too Long?
5. Georgia Drumbeat
6. I Can't Do it Anymore
7. Sonoran Church Two-Step
8. Too Long (I've Been Gone)
9. Marching Up to Prospect Hill
10. It's a Good Thing
11. Grotto Beat
12. Hot Chicken
13. San Francisco Baby
14. My Money Never Runs Out$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AvosAlbums of guitar duets are rare. Albums of guitar duets featuring one American and one Englishman, synthesizing their geographically specific approaches in a collection of new compositions, are rarer. Not since Stefan Grossman and John Renbourns partnerships of the 1970's has there been such a happy reconciliation of Merrie Old England and the good old USA, in which baroque meets the blues, music-hall steps out to ragtime, and Benjamin Britten sits down with Blind Blake.
James Elkington moved from London to Chicago around the turn of the millennium and has since released a string of albums as leader of The Zincs for Thrill Jockey Records. After dissolving the band in 2008, Elkington has concentrated on acoustic, folk-tinged music with his band The Horses Ha (that he shares with Freakwaters Janet Bean).
Nathan Salsburg is best known as an archivist and producer for the Alan Lomax Archive, curator of the Twos & Fews vernacular music imprint on Drag City Records, and host of the Root Hog Or Die program on East Village Radio. He appears on Tompkins Squares Imaginational Anthem Volume 3 compilation, and produced a tribute album to EC Ball, also on Tompkins Square.
Elkington suggested a leap of faith into a collaboration, despite the fact that the two had never previously played guitar together. Avos, then, hither and thither over several seasons, between a porch in Louisville and a kitchen in Chicago, slowly took shape. Aptly, the name comes from the Russian word for the confident approach to new situations, and the faith that nothing tragic will occur once in them.No Listing Available.$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Front Porch SessionsSouthern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David "Honeyboy" Edwards.
That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band America's foremost country blues outfit and fuels the Rev's new release, The Front Porch Sessions. Peyton's dazzling guitar mastery is equaled here by his knack for vivid, emotionally impactful songwriting, and his originals are matched in their authenticity by the deeply felt vintage blues tunes that he covers. The album showcases the Rev's irrepressible personality while echoing the enduring spirit of such acoustic blues icons as Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White and Furry Lewis, whose "When My Baby Left Me" receives a memorable reading.
"It started as a literal whim on my part, but it turned into something really special," Reverend Peyton says of this new collection. "I wanted it to feel like you're on my front porch. You can almost hear the wood creaking."
The Front Porch Sessions maintains a potent level of intensity throughout, from the upbeat optimism of the album-opener "We Deserve a Happy Ending" to the blunt slice-of-life rural reality of "One More Thing" to the rollicking, playful swagger of "Shakey Shirley," "One Bad Shoe" and "Cornbread and Butterbeans." Meanwhile, the instrumentals "It's All Night Long" and "Flying Squirrels" demonstrate the Rev's nimble, imaginative guitar work."
I didn't have much planned when I went into the studio," the Reverend notes. "I went into the studio with some new songs and some old songs that I've always wanted to try. At first, I thought 'Well, maybe we'll make it a download or release a single.' But it took on a life of its own, and when it was all said and done, I was as proud of it as anything I've ever done. To me, it was a lesson in not overthinking things; I just went in and let my gut guide me."
We recorded this album at a studio called Farm Fresh, which is right down the street from my house," he continues. "It's in the shade of the oldest poplar tree in Indiana, and there's a graveyard next to it and train tracks run across there. In fact, I think you can hear the train on one track on this record. The studio's in an old church, and the main sanctuary is the tracking room, so the haunting reverb that you hear is that room.
"We used a lot of vintage gear in the recording. I love that organic sound, and I'm always chasing that in everything I do. I just like things that feel timeless. Feeling timeless to me is way more important than feeling old. When you try to make something sound old, you're trying too hard."
That lifelong pursuit of musical authenticity was instilled in his musical consciousness while Peyton was growing up in rural Indiana, where his early love for blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles gave him a sense of direction that would soon manifest itself in his own music. He and the Big Damn Band won a large and loyal fan base, thanks to their tireless touring efforts and high-energy showmanship, along with such acclaimed albums as Big Damn Nation, The Gospel Album, The Whole Fam Damnily, The Wages, Between the Ditches, So Delicious and the Charlie Patton tribute disc Peyton on Patton.
Despite his prior achievements, the Rev views The Front Porch Sessions as a personal creative milestone.
"This record's very personal for me, because so much of it is just me," he says. "The Big Damn Band is on there, but it's mostly me. There's washboard only in a couple of songs, and the drum kit is a suitcase drum set that we put together in the studio. It's a snapshot of the week we spent in the studio, but it also represents a lifetime of me building up to it."
The Front Porch Sessions has also spawned a series of audio-vÉritÉ companion videos, many of them shot on the Rev's actual front porch, that embody the album's intimacy and immediacy. "A lot of these songs started on the porch, and that's what the videos are," he says. "I'd be pickin' and go, 'I like the way this sounds, let me get my camera.'"
Reverend Peyton has already begun to integrate The Front Porch Sessions' spare approach into the Big Damn Band's expansive live shows, which are renowned for their intensity and abandon.
"In a lot of our shows in the past few years, we'll take a break and I'll come out and do a song or two by myself," he explains. "That brings things down and allows me to do some songs like this. We're definitely gonna be doing more of that, so there's definitely gonna be moments in the shows where you're gonna hear a lot of these songs. We may also do some Front Porch Sessions shows, and maybe present some of our other songs in a more stripped-down way. We did one earlier this year as kind of a test, and that worked really well.
"Over the years, our shows have gotten more dynamic," he continues. "The ups are more up and the downs are more down. That's something that's important to me. If I go and see a show and someone's just standing there and staring at their feet and singing their songs, I feel insulted. That's not a performance. I want to know that you're living that song, not just regurgitating it. I don't think artists should seem like they're too cool for their audience."
The Rev's dedication to delivering the goods on stage is reflected in his flamboyant performance persona. "The Rev is me," he states. "Sometimes that freaks people out, because the person who's on stage is exactly the way I am offstage. I don't know how to separate myself from my music, because it's so personal to me. My mom calls me Rev; it's been my nickname since I was a teenager. It was a name that was given to me by some friends, and it sort of stuck.
"I'm one of those people who feels everything really hard, for better or worse," he continues. "If I'm angry, I'm really angry. If I'm sad, I'm really sad. If I'm happy, I'm really happy. So onstage, I tap into that. There are certain songs that I can't play on some nights, because they're just too sad. That may be the rantings of a crazy person, but it's the God's honest truth."
With The Front Porch Sessions showcasing his expanded musical palette, Reverend Peyton is excited about bringing his new music to his fans.
"I really think it's one of the best things I've ever done," he asserts. "I'm interested in making hand-made American music, and the goal is to be timeless."1. We Deserve a Happy Ending
2. When My Baby Left Me
3. Shakey Shirley
4. What You Did to the Boy Ain't Right
5. One Bad Shoe
6. It's All Night Long
7. One More Thing
8. Flying Squirrels
9. Let Your Light Shine
10. When You Lose Your Money
11. Cornbread and Butterbeans$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blue Rider (Out Of Stock)Often cited by critics and peers alike as a songwriter's songwriter, Zachary Cale has been quietly constructing a catalog for nearly a decade, one which showcases mastery and a unique voice across folk ballads, guitar instrumentals, and country-tinged rock. His songs are marked with his signature finger-style guitar playing and lyrical command as he blends the echoed open-tuned guitar patterns of artists like John Martyn and Bert Jansch with the desolate American lyricism of lone riders like Simon Joyner and Elliott Smith, standing out as a songwriter of uncommon power.
"Zachary Cale is the best singer-songwriter working
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- POP MATTERS
(a) reedy, hangdog style supported by songs that are
pure class...this music will wait for you all to catch up."
Cale separates himself from the crowd with a rare balance between emotional depth and ankle-deep Kinks pop sensibilities."
-The A.V. Club1. Unfeeling
2. Dollar Day
3. Hold Fast
4. Dear Shadow
5. Blood Rushes On
6. Hangman Letters
7. Wayward Son
8. Noise of Welcome$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Kill It, Kid - The Essential Collection (Out Of Stock)Special 180 gram vinyl release featuring ragtime blues legend immortalized by Bob Dylan in his song "blind willie Mctell!" Features 12 of Willie's best tracks including "Kill it, Kid" and "Dying Crapshooter's blues" as well as duets with his wife Kate McTell (also known as Ruby Glaze)!1. Kill It, Kid
2. Dying Crapshooter's Blues
3. Savannah Mama
4. Lord, Send Me An Angel
5. Dying Gambler (with Kate McTell)
6. Boll Weevil
7. Statesboro Blues
8. Low Down Blues (with Kate McTell)
9. Rollin' Mama Blues (with Kate McTell)
10. Broke Down Engine Blues
11. Death Cell Blues
12. Lay Some Flowers On My Grave$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
The Percussion Record (Out Of Stock)The O-Zone Percussion Group consists of selected percussionists at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Their conductor, Dr. Gary J. Olmstead, has been Director of Percussion studies at IUP since 1966. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is recognized nationally as a leading percussion educator and is active as a performer, conductor, and clinician.
Carl Adams has been a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 1979 teaching flute, jazz Improvisation and is a member of the IUP Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Active on both the classical and jazz scene, Adams has performed with the U.S. Military Academy Band, the Keystone Wind Ensemble and the Akron and Johnstown Symphonies. Solo recital appearances include the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Carnegie Recital Hall and the Chautauqua Institution. He performs in a tri-state area with the Carl Adams Jazz Quartet and has appeared at the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, Nemacolin in Woodlands, Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Westin-William Penn (Pittsburgh) and in benefit concerts for the Westmoreland Symphony.
James Rupp is a veteran of the great 'big bands' of Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Glenn Miller, including tours of the United States and Europe. Jim has recorded television specials with the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Bobby Floyd Trio and live albums with the Woody Herman and Glenn Miller Orchestras.
Jerry Tachoir is acclaimed by critics for his talent, versatality, and his studious grasp of the jazz idiom and brings an exciting and engaging dimension to his performances. He has been an active member of the Ludwig/Musser clinic staff since 1972. His most requested clinic features include improvisational techniques, harmonic awareness, and vibe technique.
The connection of the percussion ensemble with jazz/rock/popular music seems a logical one given the inclusion of various percussion instruments as integral parts of this music. The drumset, of course, was present from the beginning of jazz and rock. The vibraphon has long been a favorite jazz instrument and the xylophone was a favorite ragtime solo instrument in the early part of the 20th century. Ethnic percussion instruments from Latin America, Africa and other cultures have long been used in the jazz/rock/pop Idiom.
Dr. Gary J. Olmstead, conductor
Carl Adams, percussion
James Rupp, percussion
Jerry Tachoir, percussion1. Jazz Variants
2. A Time for Jazz
5. Suite for Drumset
6. Conflict of Interest
7. Rondo Barock
8. La Bamba$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
One For All (Out Of Stock)Brand Nubian never sold as many albums as the many West Coast rappers burning up the charts in the early '90s, but the New York group commanded great respect in East Coast rap circles. In black neighborhoods of New York and Philadelphia, Nubian's debut album, One for All, was actually a bigger seller than many of the platinum gangsta rap releases outselling it on a national level. Influenced by De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers, Nubian favored an abstract rapping style, and Eastern rap fans were drawn to the complexity of jams like Dance to My Ministry, Ragtime, and All for One. Grand Puba, Lord Jamar, and Sadat X had a lot of technique, which was what hip-hoppers favored in the East. On the whole, Nubian's Nation of Islam rhetoric isn't as overbearing as some of the recordings that other Five Percenters were delivering at the time.
- Alex Henderson (All Music Guide)1. All for One
2. Feels So Good
3. Concerto in X Minor
5. To the Right
6. Dance to My Ministry
7. Drop the Bomb
8. Wake up
9. Step to the Rear
10. Slow Down
11. Try to Do Me
12. Who Can Get Busy Like This Man...
13. Grand Puba, Positive and L.G.
14. Brand Nubian
15. Wake up (Reprise in the Sunshine)
16. Dedication$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock