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Woodstock SessionsThere's something special about an artist who seeks out the opportunity to record an album in just two days, and it's
even more special when that album is recorded in front of a live audience. On May 31 and June 1, 2014, Rich
Robinson invited an intimate group to Applehead Studios in Woodstock, N.Y. to join him as he recorded a new
1. The Giving Key
2. Gone Away
3. By The Light Of The Sunset Moon
4. I Have A Feeling
5. Laila II
6. One Cylinder
7. Bye Bye Baby
8. Answers (Action Direction)
9. I Know You
1. Lost And Found
2. Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
3. Got To Get Better In A Little While$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
PaperIn 2002, Rich Robinson went into the studio with the help of some friends and make a solo record. That's where Paper began. He had Joe Magistro, Eddie Harsch, Donnie Heron, and Antoine Silverman conducting the strings. They went into Globe Studios in New York's meat packing district and knocked it out.LP 1
1. Know Me
3. Stand Up
4. Leave It Alone
5. Words Of The Chosen
6. Yesterday I Saw You
1. Walking By Myself
2. Forgiven Song
3. When You Will
6. Falling Away
7. Cause You're With Me
9. Goodbye$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
FluxWith Flux, Rich presents his most accomplished solo album to date--13 new, original songs that draw deeply on his
diverse roots. A blues-rock odyssey straight from Robinson's soul, the guitarist returned to Applehead Studios in
Saugerties, NY, the recording facility that has become his creative hub. Nestled away within Woodstock's famed
artist enclave, Robinson's work at the studio has yielded Woodstock Sessions, The Ceaseless Sight, and now Flux.LP 1
1.The Upstairs Land
3.Music That Will Lift Me
5.Eclipse The Night
7.Ides Of Nowhere
1.Time To Leave
3.For To Give
4.Which Way Your Wind Blows
6.Sleepwalker$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Through A Crooked SunThrough a Crooked Sun is the second solo album from Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson. This album contains twelve studio tracks and features guest appearances by Warren Haynes, John Medeski, Karl Berger and Larry Campbell. Eagle Rock Entertainment will be releasing not only his new solo album in 2016, but several newly reimagined re-issues of Robinson's back catalogue.LP 1
1. Gone Away
2. It's Not Easy
3. Lost and Found
4. I Don't Hear the Sound of You
5. Hey Fear
6. All Along the Way
7. Follow You Forever
1. Standing On the Surface of the Sun
2. Bye Bye Baby
3. Falling Again
4. Station Man
5. Fire Around
6. It's Not Easy (Live)
7. Falling Again (Live)$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Llama Blues EPOriginally Released on December 5th, 2011, Llama Blues was released as a companion EP to Through A Crooked Sun. At independent record stores and at live performances, Robinson made available a four-song EP. Intended as a companion to the full-length album, Llama Blues featured blues-based tracks similar in sound to the full LP's final track, Fire Around.1. By The Light Of The Sunset Moon
2. Look Through My Window
3. Broken Stick Crown
4. Run Run$15.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-EAG-0912xThe Magpie Salute
The Magpie SaluteThe Magpie Salute is a new band bringing together former Black Crowes members Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and
Sven Pipien. Their eponymous debut album was recorded live in front of a small audience at Applehead Recording
in Woodstock, New York apart from opening track "Omission" which is a full studio recording. The album has added
significance as it marks the last recorded work by the late Eddie Harsch, former Black Crowes keyboard player who
sadly passed away in November 2016.LP1
1. Omission (Live)
2. Comin' Home (Live)
3. What Is Home (Live)
4. Wiser Time (Live)
5. Goin' Down South (Live)
1. War Drums (Live)
2. Ain't No More Cane (Live)
3. Fearless (Live)
4. Glad And Sorry (Live)
5. Time Will Tell (Live)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Life. Love. Flesh. BloodImelda May's fifth studio record, entitled Life. Love. Flesh. Blood, is set for release via Verve Records.
It is clear that one of Ireland's biggest exports has found a new groove, here presenting the most personal and intimately autobiographical album she has ever written. The album is produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, who said of Imelda: "When I first happened onto her music, she was a punky Irish Rockabilly singer with a great band. When I ran across her several years later, she had gone through a change of lives and was writing about it with a wild intensity and singing about it in the most open-hearted way."
The album marks a new direction for May who, in the time since her 2014 release Tribal, ended her marriage of eighteen years. Imelda May's new sound sits firmly outside of any sharply defined genre box, widely spanning blues, rock, soul, gospel and jazz. Life, Love, Flesh, Blood breathes new life into a classic sound, with Imelda's powerhouse vocal as distinctive as ever, cementing her position as one of the strongest vocalists of her generation. The singer herself describes the record as her most "honest" yet. Imelda's life changed considerably in the run-up to recording, and this is documented in the only way she knew how. Imelda explains, "It's therapy, like keeping a diary that a lot of people read. Some of my favorite songs don't say much, but they reveal everything."
Recorded over seven days in Los Angeles, the album features musical contributions from guitar hero Jeff Beck ("Black Tears"), piano legend Jools Holland ("When It's My Time") and an accomplished group of backing musicians including the core trio of guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Elton John & Leon Russell, Ray Lamontagne) and bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets, Mini Mansions), the same band that recorded Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand.
First single "Black Tears" is a personal and heart-wrenching ballad, it features a distinctive slide guitar part, coupled with a unique picking and guitar tone that could be the handiwork of only one man - the legendary Jeff Beck. Jeff Beck says of Imelda, "I knew it from the start you cannot ignore talent this unique."
Imelda showcases her raw yet restrained breathtaking lead vocal, complimented by rich backing vocals and a super tight rhythm section. Written with Angelo Petragalia (Kings of Leon), the inspiration for the song's visual and poignant lyrics was inspired by a very personal moment for Imelda: "I wrote Black Tears with Angelo Petraglia after a heart-wrenchingly difficult goodbye. I closed my door and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror with black tears rolling down my face. It's a sight and situation most women have unfortunately seen ourselves in at some point in life. Angelo had a beautiful guitar piece that fit the mood perfectly."
Imelda May, born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, has become one of Ireland's most celebrated female artists in history. Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to support him on tour, Imelda has gone on to perform alongside legendary artists including Lou Reed, Bono, and Smokey Robinson.1. Call Me
2. Black Tears (feat. Jeff Beck)
3. Should've Been You
4. Sixth Sense
6. How Bad Can A Good Girl Be
7. Bad Habit
9. When It's My Time (feat. Jools Holland)
10. Leave Me Lonely
11. The Girl I Used To Be$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-AME-4262xThe Black Crowes
Three Snakes And One CharmThree Snakes and One Charm is the fourth album by the American blues rock band The Black Crowes, originally released July 23, 1996.
...Three Snakes and One Charm is a winning album, mainly because the Black Crowes' musicianship continues to deepen -- the musical fusions and eclecticism are seamless, particularly from lead guitarist Rich Robinson.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)1. Under A Mountain
2. Good Friday
4. One Mirror Too Many
6. Girl From A Pawnshop
7. (Only) Halfway To Everywhere
8. Bring On, Bring On
9. How Much For Your Wings
10. Let Me Share the Ride
11. Better When You're Not Alone
12. Evil Eye
13. Just Say You're Sorry
14. Pimper's Paradise$34.99Vinyl LP Reissue - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Southern FamilySouthern Family is a Country compilation album put together and produced by Grammy nominated producer, Dave Cobb. Southern Family is simple and honest music, featuring artists John Paul White, Jason Isbell, Brent Cobb, Miranda Lambert, Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown, Jamey Johnson, Anderson East, Holly Williams, Brandy Clark, Shooter Jennings, and Rich Robinson.LP 1
1. Simple Song - By John Paul White
2. God Is A Working Man - By Jason Isbell
3. Down Home - By Brent Cobb
4. Sweet By and By - By Miranda Lambert
5. You Are My Sunshine (with Chris Stapleton) - By Morgane Stapleton
6. Grandma's Garden - By Zac Brown
1. Mama's Table - By Jamey Johnson
2. Learning - By Anderson East
3. Settle Down - By Holly Williams
4. I Cried - By Brandy Clark
5. Can You Come Over? - By Shooter Jennings
6. The Way Home - By Rich Robinson$24.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-AME-4255xThe Black Crowes
The Southern Harmony And Musical CompanionThe addition of the more technically gifted guitarist Marc Ford and a full-time organist gives the Black Crowes room to stretch out on The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, perhaps the band's finest moment. Using Rich Robinson's descending chord progressions as a base, the band grooves its way through a remarkably fresh-sounding collection of Faces-like rockers and ballads, tearing into the material with flair and confidence and really coming into its own as a top-notch rock & roll outfit. But while the focus is undeniably on the band's musical chemistry, Southern Harmony also boasts a strong collection of songs, striking a perfect balance between the concise Shake Your Money Maker and their later, more jam-oriented records. While there aren't as many obvious singles as on their debut album, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion is the best expression of the Crowes' ability to take a classic, tried-and-true sound and make it their own.
- Steve Huey (All Music Guide)1. Sting Me
3. Thorn In My Pride
4. Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye
5. Sometimes Salvation
6. Hotel Illness
7. Black Moon Creeping
8. No Speak No Slave
9. My Morning Song
10. Time Will Tell$34.99Vinyl LP Reissue - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Gene Clark Sings For You
Produced For Release By Grammy®-Winner, Cheryl Pawelski
Restoration And Mastering By Grammy-Winner, Michael Graves
Liner Notes By John Einarson, Author Of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds' Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)
Features Previously Unseen Photos.
Gene Clark's musical legacy is most certainly assured as a singer, songwriter
and member of some exclusive company as an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a founder of The
Byrds, and collaborator in groups such as Dillard & Clark, Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers, McGuinn
Clark & Hillman and later as the duet partner of Carla Olson (The Textones).
His songs have been covered by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iain Matthews, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The
Rose Garden, and Chris & Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes among many others. As well documented as Clark's career
has been, there have been remarkable discoveries over the years (see Omnivore's Here Tonight: The White Light Demos for example),
but now the Holy Grail of Clark's post-Byrds career is finally about to see the light of day:
"For longtime Gene Clark fans and aficionados, the tracks on this remarkable archival CD are the stuff of legend. Since word
first spread in the 1980s about the discovery of these 1967 recordings on a rare acetate in Liberty Records' vaults, fans have
come to regard Gene Clark Sings For You as nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer/songwriter's extraordinary body of
work. Shrouded in mystery and the subject of much speculation and conjecture, few have ever had the opportunity to hear these
forgotten gems from one of Gene Clark's most prolifically creative periods. Until now."
Author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds' Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)
In addition to the 8 tracks from the Gene Clark Sings For You acetate, recorded in 1967 after he famously left The Byrds, there are an
additional 5 previously unknown tracks from a further 1967 acetate given to the band, The Rose Garden, for recording consideration.
This new compilation also includes a previously unissued demo rescued from a tape in the collection of John Noreen, member of
The Rose Garden. This demo of the song "Till Today" is Clark running through the song for the band who would cut it on their only
album, the 1968 self-titled effort on Atco Records (also being reissued and expanded at the same time as Gene Clark Sings For You).
Released with the full approval and cooperation with both the Estate of Gene Clark and the band, The Rose Garden, Gene Clark Sings
For You is produced for release by Grammy®-winner, Cheryl Pawelski with restoration and mastering by Grammy-winner, Michael
Graves. Liner notes by John Einarson, author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds' Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)
and previously unseen photos.1. On Her Own (Gene Clark Sings for You)
2. Past Tense (Gene Clark Sings for You)
3. Yesterday, Am I Right (Gene Clark Sings for You)
4. Past My Door (Gene Clark Sings for You)
5. That's Alright by Me (Gene Clark Sings for You)
6. One Way Road (Gene Clark Sings for You)
7. Down on the Pier (Gene Clark Sings for You)
8. 7:30 Mode (Gene Clark Sings for You)
9. On Tenth Street (The Rose Garden Acetate)
10. Understand Me Too (The Rose Garden Acetate)
11. A Long Time (The Rose Garden Acetate)
12. Big City Girl (The Rose Garden Acetate)
13. Doctor Doctor (The Rose Garden Acetate)
14. Till Today (The Rose Garden Demo)$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Field Commander Cohen Tour 1979Import
Available On Vinyl For The First Time
Includes Insert With Song Lyrics
In 1979, after the release of his album Recent Songs [MOVLP311], Cohen set out on an international concert tour accompanied by members of the Austin-based Jazz-Rock group Passenger; Field Commander Cohen was compiled in 2000 from recordings of the 1979 tour, and it presents an especially strong argument for Cohen's gifts as a musician.
This is the first ever vinyl release of these live recordings at London's Hammersmith Odeon and Brighton's Dome Theatre. This may well be Cohen's best set of recorded performances as a singer, and having Jennifer Warnes and Sharon Robinson on hand as duet partners is especially rich icing on the cake. While the musicians take care to never intrude upon the songs, they play beautifully, with remarkable taste and skill; they bring out the nuances of these songs with a sure but gentle hand.LP1
1. Field Commander Cohen
2. The Window
3. The Smokey Life
4. The Gypsy's Wife
5. Lover Lover Lover
6. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
1. The Stranger Song
2. The Guests
4. Why Don't You Try
5. Bird On The Wire
6. So Long, Marianne$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs 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
Bad PowersFrom the first palm-muted guitar notes and rupturing bass and drum jabs of album opener New Bruises there's an urgency and freshness to the band's sound that transcends genre trappings. Tweed, sounding vaguely reminiscent of Uzi/Live Skull/Come howler Thalia Zedek, barrels in with rasping, urgent bite. Slithering synths courtesy of Zombi's Steve Moore coil and strangulate as the band moves in for the kill. Elsewhere, Eves and Eyes tiptoes in beneath a chorus of suspense-building violin and cello tremolos as the band slowly builds to gale-force riff. Bread and Butter finds Tweed harmonizing with guest vocalist and esteemed composer Lisa Papineau (Air, Big Sir) on the chorus, too tired to satisfy as guitars, bass and drums twist and churn alongside the squealing string section. On Millennium, Bad Powers sound like a post-punk spy movie with guest vocalist Eugene Robinson (Oxbow) leading the charge. Throughout the album, Egan and Cooper seem to have developed a new language for their unique brand of tension building and explosive release, while Tobin's guitar attack has become alternately icy and syrupy as it fills in all the gaps in unexpected ways. At times, Tweed wails with the fury of legendary Gits singer Mia Zapata and other times she intones with the rich confidence of Zola Jesus' Nika Danilova or Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Altogether, Bad Powers is a new and ominous beast.1. New Bruises
2. Hit Sniffing Dog
3. Eves And Eyes
4. Black Alf
8. Electricity Should Be Free
9. Bigger Than We Are
10. Bread And Butter$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BookendsRanked 233/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Simon and Garfunkel's classic album Bookends, released in 1968, marked the duo's emergence as both a brilliant creative force and one of their era's biggest-selling recording acts.
Bookends, which arrived on the heels of Simon and Garfunkel's high-profile role on the soundtrack of the film The Graduate, is a brilliantly realized tour de force that captures the pleasures, tensions and fears of its era as vividly as any '60s album. Simon's literate, emotionally complex songwriting is matched by the ambitious production, which elevates the fiery folk-rockers A Hazy Shade of Winter and Save the Life of My Child, the cinematic flights America and Fakin' It, the intimate ballads Old Friends and Bookends Theme, and the deceptively whimsical Mrs. Robinson and At the Zoo.
Sundazeds exact vinyl replica of this harmony-rich classic is sourced from the original stereo master tapes, making this release an essential component of any 60s pop/rock collection.1. Bookends Theme
2. Save the Life of My Child
5. Voices of Old People
6. Old Friends
7. Bookends Theme
8. Fakin' It
9. Punky's Dilemma
10. Mrs. Robinson
(From the Motion Picture The Graduate)
11. A Hazy Shade of Winter
12. At the Zoo$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sweeten The Distance (Awaiting Repress)The first line of the title track on Neal Casal's tenth studio effort Sweeten The Distance says much about where the storied singer/songwriter/guitarist finds himself in his career: Nothing's gonna stop you now, everything you want is coming in good time. After 20-plus years of writing songs, recording albums and touring the world, there's a confidence and patience in his latest work that reveals an artist in full creative flight.
Produced by Thom Monahan (Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver), Sweeten The Distance is indeed a defining moment in Casal's discography. Rich acoustic textures and sophisticated melodies of songs like Bird With No Name, and Need Shelter and Gyrls of Wynter give way to a psyched-out ambience on White Fence Round House, Feathers for Bakersfield and How Quiet It Got.
The depth of production, with its purposefully layered sounds and oceanic atmospherics, makes Sweeten The Distance as much a multi-dimensional headphone experience as a soul-stirring modern songwriter record. And as such, Casal emerges as an essential voice in the new cosmic California movement.
In addition to his critically acclaimed solo work, Neal Casal made a name for himself as the lead guitarist in Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, with whom he recorded four albums: Easy Tiger, Follow the Lights, Cardinology and III/IV. Currently he serves as a central component of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood with whom he contributes lead guitar and vocal harmonies. Over the last year, Casal also added guitar and vocals to Ryan Adams Ashes & Fire, Fruit Bats Tripper, The Jayhawks Mockingbird Time, Vetiver The Errant Charm and a forthcoming recording by Beachwood Sparks.1. Sweeten The Distance
2. Bird With No Name
3. Need Shelter
4. Let It All Begin
5. White Fence Round House
6. So Many Enemies
7. Feathers For Bakersfield
8. Time & Trouble
9. How Quiet It Got
10. The Gyrls of Wynter
11. Angel and Youre Mine$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Broken PeopleAmerican music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B.
The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias, Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh.
With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on an 11-song journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance.
North was raised in southeast Texas and began singing with her family and studying piano at an early age. She grew to love rich vocal harmonies singing in church choirs and listening to artists like the Carpenters, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and the Eagles. By her early teens, she was singing lead parts in church and in musical theater productions at her high school. Her palette grew when a friend turned her on to the Grateful Dead, and after high school she spent every spare moment in the clubs of Austin, absorbing everything from alt-country and jam bands to New Orleans funk. She met her husband at a concert and moved with him to his native Mississippi. There, on their isolated farm, she had her awakening, starting a career as a photographer, capturing the spirited, deep history of the Mississippi Delta.
"To me, the Delta is the most overlooked and mysterious place," she says. "It was the birthplace of America's music, and all the legends were influenced by everything that came out of it. I went on this personal exploration to learn about the Delta blues and the region's history. I picked up a camera and started taking pictures, blogging about what I was experiencing, and I tapped into all the creative energy lying dormant inside me." When her husband gave her a guitar, she began spending her days on the porch of their farm learning how to connect her first chords. From there, the songs began pouring out and she knew she had to find a way to get to Nashville and write songs professionally.
Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, was in love with music from her earliest days. She was singing before she could talk, and was 5 when her mother recognized her passion for music. "I would cry because I couldn't hit the high notes in Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey songs," she says. Influenced by greats from Aretha and Smokey Robinson to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G., she began auditioning in the highly competitive New York entertainment scene and was working professionally in musical theater by the age of 10. Her mother took her to nightclubs where she experienced a variety of live performances. She attended New York's top performing arts schools, including La Guardia High School, the "Fame" school, where she discovered her love for gospel music and took part in the gospel chorus for four years. She worked at Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, making $500 a weekend while still in high school.
She sang backup for Alicia Keys in her teens, then worked four years with John Legend, and through him with legends like will.i.am, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq and Babyface. Legend mentored her in songwriting and recording before she began writing songs on her own for American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and others. Inspired by her evolving love of songwriting, she too moved to Nashville, looking for a wider creative palette. There, while meeting with then-BMI executive Clay Bradley, her eye settled on a photograph of "a rundown juke joint piano" in his office.
"I want to meet whoever took that photo," she said. The photographer was North-it had been taken during her creative awakening in Mississippi-and the subsequent meeting led quickly to collaboration and an epic friendship.
"The first day we wrote together," says North, "there wasn't much thought that we were blending genres and worlds. That never came up. It was just natural. She had never written a country song and I was writing them every day. We sat down to write one but when we listened back it was a country R&B song. And we decided to become songwriting partners." Before long, they had their first cut as collaborators, and they were off and running.
"The spirit of the Muddy Magnolias existed from the moment we met," says Wilson, "but we didn't know we were the Muddy Magnolias yet." North was toying with the idea of a solo career; Wilson had aspirations of making history as an African-American female songwriter in Nashville. Their new friendship was a game-changer.
"We spent a whole year writing, trying to understand what our message was when we combined our stories," says Wilson. Then one day over afternoon wine at Burger Up, their favorite hangout in the 12 South section of Nashville, both admitted to be being at a crossroads. "The next thing you know," says North, "Jessy said, 'What if we made a record together?' It was like all of our dreams in one."
"We went back to that same office on Music Row where I saw the photograph," says Wilson, "and sat down side by side in Clay's office and said, 'We've got something to tell you. We're going to make an album together.'" Bradley believed enough to sign on as their manager. They held three days of band auditions and found four best friends who had been playing together since college, primarily doing jazz. The fit was perfect, providing just the right sonic backdrop for their soulful approach and high-energy delivery.
As they continued to write and perform, opening for the likes of The Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark, Jr., they put together a project that crosses genres effortlessly, showcasing two voices that soar together in a blending of cultures as electrifying as if Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, or Whitney Houston and Lee Ann Womack had joined forces.
Broken People combines poetic imagery and vocal passion, with the musicianship and production of Motown or Muscle Shoals by way of the raw honesty of Sun Records. Of course it deals with love, longed for and unleashed, in songs like "I Need A Man," "Why Don't You Stay" and "Devil's Teeth," but the album soars as it reaches for bigger themes, dealing with the need for hope in "Take Me Home," for love on a societal scale in "Shine On" and "Brother What Happened," and hope for the future in "Got It Goin' On." With "Leave It To The Sky," the two, joined by John Legend on vocals and piano, make a powerful case for spiritual solutions, and few songs in the modern lexicon are as steeped in present-day reality as the gospel- and R&B-tinged title track.
"Ultimately," says North, "this album is a result of an unlikely friendship and is a testament to what can happen when you diversify your relationships."
"It's about getting out of your comfort zone and being rewarded with a great friendship," adds Wilson. "We've both felt the power of that."
"Our path is so much better and our lives are so much richer because of it," says North, "and we want to bring people along on this journey."
"We want to see what society would be like if we all reached out in ways we normally wouldn't," adds Wilson.
And that is the magic and the message. The music of Muddy Magnolias, live and on record, comes from a place where the Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. Whether yours is the back porch or the front stoop, Spanish moss or window box garden, dusty country lane or crowded subway car, rural honky-tonk or uptown club, this is music that beckons. Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival.1. Broken People
2. Brother, What Happened?
3. Got It Goin' On
4. Why Don't You Stay
5. Take Me Home
6. Shine On!
7. It Ain't Easy
8. I Need A Man
9. Devil's Teeth
11. Leave It To The Sky (feat. John Legend)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Masterpieces (45 RPM)
A Historic Record - Recorded Just Four Years Removed From The Dawn Of The Analog Tape Era!
Remastered By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Analog Tapes
Recorded On An Ampex 200, Using 3M-111 Magnetic Tape Running At 15 Inches Per Second
Gatefold Old-School Tip-on On Jacket By Stoughton Printing Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!
Named A 2015 Record To Die For By Stereophile Magazine.
Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes, the record was plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings. The depth and space when those rich chromatic harmonies create a wide and well-defined soundscape, the timbre of the orchestra as a whole as well as individual instruments, and the thick, wooden sound of Wendell Marshall's bass are among the aural pleasures provided when you drop a needle on this platter; expect goose bumps. - Music = 5/5; Sonics = 4.5/5 - Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, May-June 2015.
I chose the CD reissue of this album as one of my R2D4s for 2012, but now from Chad Kassem's Analogue Productions comes this QRP LP, and it's an occasion for popping corks. Released in 1950, this was Ellington's first LP, and he used the new medium to stretch out four of his biggest hits. The arrangements are jaw-droppingly gorgeous and the sound just slightly less so. Recorded by Fred Plaut, who later miked Kind of Blue and other Columbia classics, it has the dynamics, depth, and in-your-face tonal realism of a modern (mono) audiophile thumper. Among the best jazz albums ever. - Fred Kaplan, for Stereophile - Records To Die For - February 2015.
This new re-issue slays my vintage copy in every way. Every dimension of the recording was much better...dynamics, harmonics, frequency response, detail, jump...all just leaped out at me! The recording sounded like it had been made that morning...absolutely fresh-sounding. No veiling. No roll-off. In fact, it's so good that it doesn't matter that this is a mono recording! Listen to it on a great turntable...you'll hear mono that fools you into thinking that it's not mono. Just wait until you hear Yvonne Lanauze sing, Mood Indigo amigos, after a long instrumental build-up...she'll take you there! ... The pressing itself was impeccable: flat, and free of noise, tics and pops...a genuine masterpiece of the pressing-plant arts. The Hyperion OCL, the finest cartridge that I've ever heard, revealed how superbly these grooves were carved! Commendable, reference-grade analog...very, very close to master tape sound. Very damned close! Kissing cousins close! Hell, maybe even closer than that. In fact, I now consider the Analogue Productions re-issue of Masterpieces by Ellington to be one of the very finest Jazz records ever released. (Sorry Miles! Move over, Kind of Blue!). - David W. Robinson, editor-in-chief, Positive Feedback Online.
Most highly recommended (the record is now on the QRP presses). It's one of my 'Records to Die For' in the February 2015 Stereophile. A true classic both musically and sonically and a historical work of art you can now own. - Music = 11/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.
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