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High Top MountainNashville sounds like Nashville again on High Top Mountain, the debut release from singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson. From furious honky-tonk and pre-outlaw country-rocking to spellbinding bluegrass pickin' and emotional balladry, the album serves as a one-stop guide to everything that made real country music such a force to be reckoned with. Pure and uncompromising, devoid of gloss and fakery, High Top Mountain's dozen instant classics evoke the sound of timeless country in its many guises and brings back the lyrical forthrightness and depth that permeated the music Simpson absorbed during his Kentucky childhood1 Life Aint Fair and the World is Mean
2 Railroad of Sin
3 Water in a Well
4 Sitting Here Without You
5 The Storm
6 You Can Have The Crown
7 Time After All
9 Some Days
10 Old King Coal
11 Poor Rambler
12 I'd Have to be Crazy$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Sailor's Guide To EarthProduced by Simpson, A Sailor's Guide To Earth was written-beginning to end-as a letter to his first child who arrived during the summer of 2014 and features eight original songs as well as a rendition of Nirvana's In Bloom.
Recorded primarily at Nashville's The Butcher Shoppe, Simpson was joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, Cowboy Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. Along with members of his touring band, the album features Dave Roe on bass, Dan Dugmore on steel guitar, Dougie Wilkinson on bagpipes, Garo Yellin and Arthur Cook on cello, Jonathan Dinklage and Whitney LaGrange on violin and special guests The Dap-Kings.
A Sailor's Guide To Earth is Simpson's third full-length album and follows his break-through, Grammy-nominated 2014 release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. Beloved by critics and fans, the record was featured on year-end best of lists at The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Village Voices' Pazz and Jop, Rolling Stone Country, NPR Music, American Songwriter, Stereogum, the Los Angeles Times, KCRW, Pitchfork, The Washington Post and many others.1. Welcome To Earth (Pollywog)
2. Breakers Roar
3. Keep It Between The Lines
4. Sea Stories
5. In Bloom
6. Brace For Impact (Live A Little)
7. All Around You
8. Oh Sarah
9. Call To Arms$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
" he understands that good hooks hang on great rhythms
and every sob story requires an uppercut punch line."-The Washington Post
" humbly fantastic."-SPIN
"...this is GOOD COUNTRY something I think any music lover
(country or not) can appreciate."-My Old Kentucky Blog
Sturgill Simpson isn't one to rest on his laurels, which is why, less than a year after the release of his critically acclaimed debut,
High Top Mountain, the singer-songwriter is coming out with his captivating and wholly unique sophomore album, Metamodern
Sounds in Country Music. The album title - an allusion to Ray Charles' groundbreaking 1962 record, Modern Sounds in Country and
Western Music -- hints at the psychedelic sounds found within, a departure from Simpson's first album, which drew comparisons
to the music of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. "I think that there is a lot of room in country music for progression and sonic
oscillation, which is what I wanted to explore." Where some artists find inspiration from other music, Simpson found his in books,
devouring religious texts both ancient and modern, recent studies about discoveries in quantum physics and string theory, and
publications by Carl Sagan and Terence McKenna. He also drew upon French filmmaker Gaspar Noe's experimental drama Enter the
Void as he created murky, multi-textured soundscapes that incorporate elements of classic country, bluegrass, rock, and even a bit
of electronica, a genre that Simpson admits he has a "slight fetish" for.1. Turtles All The Way Down
2. Life of Sin
3. Living The Dream
5. Long White Line
6. The Promise
7. A Little Light Within
8. Just Let Go
9. It Ain't All Flowers$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Traveller (Awaiting Repress)Chris Stapleton's highly anticipated solo debut album, Traveller, will be released on Mercury Records Nashville. As a special preview, a behind-the-scenes album trailer can now be viewed here.
Already a world-renowned songwriter, Stapleton has enjoyed five #1 hits including the five-week No. 1 "Never Wanted Nothing More" recorded by Kenny Chesney, George Strait's "Love's Gonna Make it Alright" and Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer," which Stapleton recently performed with Lady Antebellum at the recent CMT "Artists of the Year" show (watch the performance here).
Recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A (with additional production at The Castle and Blackbird Studio), Traveller was produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded by Vance Powell (Jack White). In addition to renditions of Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove's "Tennessee Whiskey" and Don Sampson's "Was It 26," the album features twelve original songs, including fan-favorite "Sometimes I Cry." Last night, during a special album reveal party, Stapleton returned to RCA Studio A to record a new version of "Sometimes I Cry" live-to-tape in front of an audience-allowing a unique, once-in-a-lifetime glimpse inside the making of the album. The track is currently being mastered and will be added to the final track-listing very shortly.
Of his inspiration behind the record, Stapleton comments, "This record was made standing on the shoulders of friends, family, and heroes. I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I've enjoyed making it."
Over the course of his acclaimed career, Stapleton has penned over 170 album cuts, including songs recorded by Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and has such notable co-writers as Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow among others. Additionally, Stapleton has shared the stage with such respected artists as Gill, Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris and more. As lead vocalist for critically acclaimed bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Stapleton earned three Grammy nominations including "Best Bluegrass Album," as well as an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for"Emerging Artist of the Year." He's also won eight ASCAP Awards and has contributed to the soundtracks of several feature films including "Cars 2" and "Valentine's Day."1. Traveller
2. Fire Away
3. Tennessee Whiskey
5. Whiskey And You
6. Nobody To Blame
7. More Of You
8. When The Stars Come Out
9. Daddy Doesn't Pray Anymore
10. Might As Well Get Stoned
11. Was It 26
12. The Devil Named Music
13. Outlaw State Of Mind
14. Sometimes I Cry$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Side PonyLake Street Dive announce their Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony. The four band members-drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael McDuck Olson-worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Secret Sisters) on the record.
Side Pony takes its name from a song on the record that refers to a whimsical hairstyle, but it also serves as a metaphor for Lake Street Dive's philosophy and personality as a band. As Kearney puts it, When we were settling on the album title, that one just stuck out to us as embodying the band's spirit. We've always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying, genre-less band. That's the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself.
Olson echoes her sentiment: It has also come to mean anything you're doing for the sheer joy of it. We have always 'rocked our side pony.' Now we have a convenient phrase for it.
Cobb's working method was to keep the recording fast and loose, as live-in-the-studio as possible, and to embrace the unorthodox. This provided Lake Street Dive with a welcome challenge: an opportunity to experiment with sound and arrangements and to collaborate on songwriting in a way the band had never attempted before.
Calabrese says of the recording process, Dave's process was mercurial, changing direction quickly, going from 'we don't have anything' to 'we've got it!' He continues, We weren't always so sure. But then we'd listen to a comp and we'd agree that he'd heard something we hadn't.
Price adds, It was great to see, through this particular recording process, how beautifully our individual strengths complement each other.1. Godawful Things
2. Close to Me
3. Call Off Your Dogs
4. Spectacular Failure
5. I Don't Care About You
6. So Long
7. How Good It Feels
8. Side Pony
9. Hell Yeah
11. Can't Stop
12. Saving All My Sinning$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hall of Fame: Class of 2016
Double LP 180 Gram Bright ORANGE Vinyl
For the first time in Umphrey's McGee history, the people and the band have made their collective voices heard to bring you the best of the best of 2016. The wait is over, Hall of Fame: Class of 2016 is here in all its glory, an immersive collection of live Umphrey's McGee improvisational heavy rock, as chosen by the fans and augmented by the band. As such, the collaborative track listing contains the most righteous elements of the year 2016, determined by both the governor and governed.
This year's bounty features a Double LP 180 gram bright orange vinyl, including music from the all improv show with saxophone virtuoso Joshua Redman as well as the high energy debut of Sturgill Simpson's "Call To Arms" with Mad Dog's Filthy Little Secret.LP 1
1. Phil's Farm (10.20 The Fillmore, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
2. Chapter 5 > Chapter 9 (01.28 The Orpheum Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin) featuring Joshua Redman
1, Front Porch (01.02 The Fillmore, Denver, Colorado)
2. Resolution > (10.27 Suwanee Hulaween, Live Oak, Florida)
3. Call To Arms (12.31 The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois) featuring Mad Dog's Filthy Little Secret$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PurgatoryLike many great Southern storytellers, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers has fallen in love with a place. The people, landmarks and legendary moments from his childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky, populate the 10 songs in his formidable debut, Purgatory, an album that's simultaneously modern and as ancient as the Appalachian Mountains in which events unfold.
The album, co-produced by Grammy Award winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, is a semi autobiographical sketch of Childers' growth from wayward youth to happily married man, told in the tradition of a Southern gothic novel with a classic noir antihero who may just be irredeemable. Purgatory is a chiaroscuro painting with darkness framing light in high relief. There's catharsis and redemption. Sin and temptation. Murder and deceit. Demons and angels. Moonshine and cocaine. So much moonshine and cocaine. All played out on the large, colorful canvas of Eastern Kentucky.
Childers had been searching for a certain sound for his debut album for years as he honed his craft, and was finding it elusive when his friend, drummer Miles Miller, introduced him to Simpson, the Grammy Award-winning musician and fellow Kentuckian. Childers sent Simpson a group of his songs, then went to visit him in Nashville.
And he said, 'There's this sound. I know what you're trying to get at, the mountain sound,' Childers recalled. 'So I asked, 'What are you doing?'
Intrigued, Simpson enlisted the aid of Ferguson, the Grammy Award winning sound engineer. They assembled a band that included multi-instrumentalists Stuart Duncan, Michael J. Henderson and Russ Pahl, bassist Michael Bub and Miller on drums, of course, and helped Childers make a debut album of consequence that announces an authentic new voice.
I was writing an album about being in the mountains, Childers said. I wanted it to have that gritty mountain sound. But at the same time, I wanted a more modern version of it that a younger generation can listen to-the people I grew up with, something I'd want to listen to.1. I Swear (to God)
2. Feathered Indians
4. Born Again
5. Whitehouse Road
6. Banded Clovis
8. Universal Sound
9. Honky Tonk Flame
10. Lady May$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
3The third full-length release from L.A.-based duo HONEYHONEY, 'III' is an album born from fascination with the sweet and the sleazy, the light and dark, the danger and the magic. Since Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo released the critically-acclaimed 'Billy Jack' in 2011, they've kept on the road, growing their fan base tenfold both at home and internationally. Working on this new album with Dave Cobb (the producer behind Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson), lead singer/banjo player/violinist Suzanne Santo and vocalist/guitarist Ben Jaffe twist their gritty, harmony-driven brand of Southern-flavored rock & roll through tales of lost souls, broken boys and girls with gold in their spit. The two songwriters also take a mirror to their own experience in lust and heartache - never shying away from revealing the messy truth. This album reflects their continued growth, and holds nothing back. It's easy to understand why HONEYHONEY's following ranges from lovers of the Black Keys and White Stripes to The Civil Wars. Whether they rattle, soothe or joyfully inspire, HONEYHONEY instill each song with a straight-from-the-gut honesty and elegance of storytelling that make 'III' both cathartic and electrifying.1. Big Man
2. Yours to Bear
3. Back to You
4. Whatchya Gonna Do Now
5. Numb It
6. Bad People
7. Burned Me Out
8. You and I
9. Father's Daughter
10. God of Love
11. Sweet Thing
12. Marry Rich$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Por FavorBonus CD Included
Por Favor, the new full-length album from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Brett Dennen. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), Por Favor was recorded in Nashville and features ten new songs. Por Favor is Dennen's sixth full-length album.1. What's The Secret?
3. Stand Up For It
5. Strawberry Road
6. Another Life
7. Where We Left Off
8. Burning Spirit
10. I'll Be On Your Side$21.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
VolunteerOld Crow Medicine Show have announced the release of their new studio album, Volunteer, set for release on Columbia Records Nashville. The album was recorded at the historic RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson).1. Flicker & Shine
2. A World Away
3. Child of the Mississippi
4. Dixie Avenue
5. Look Away
6. Shout Mountain Music
7. The Good Stuff
8. Old Hickory
9. Homecoming Party
10. Elzick's Farewell
11. Whirlwind$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Walk Into A StormThe Lone Bellow have announced their third studio album, Walk Into A Storm will be released on Descendant Records/Sony Music Masterworks. The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded in Nashville, TN. The first single, Time's Always Leaving is currently the #1 most added track at Triple A radio. 'Time's Always Leaving' leans heavily into the rootsy, big-hearted warmth that has made The Lone Bellow one of the most sure-footed crowd-pleasers in the business, said NPR.1. Deeper In The Water
2. Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy
3. May You Be Well
4. Come Break My Heart Again
6. Walk Into A Storm
7. Time's Always Leaving
8. Can't Be Happy For Long
9. Between The Lines
10. Long Way To Go$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All I Ever See In You Is MeJillette Johnson is the rare artist who needs little sonic accompaniment to make an indelible impact. Produced by Dave Cobb (the Grammy Award-winner known for his work with Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson), Johnson's sophomore album All I Ever See in You Is Me offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on her spirited piano work and ever-changing vocal texture, an instrument that's irresistibly powerful whether she's belting out a refrain or whispering a hushed melody.
Like only the most timeless songwriters, Johnson finds infinite depth within that simplicity. Recorded at RCA Studio A - the historic Nashville space where Dolly Parton laid down 'Jolene' and 'I Will Always Love You' in the same three-hour span - All I Ever See in You Is Me bears an unhurried pace and warm intimacy that echoes the purposeful looseness of its production. Drifting between hazy romanticism and resolute self-awareness, Johnson examines heartbreak and resilience with a willful and magnetic vulnerability.1. Bunny
2. Love Is Blind
3. Throw Out Your Mirror
5. Flip A Coin
6. In Repair
7. Not Tonight
8. Like You Raised Me
9. I'm Sorry
10. All I Ever See In You Is Me
11. Thumbelina$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sleeping Through The WarProduced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Rival Sons)
and mixed/engineered by UK-bred young-gun Eddie Spear, All Them Witches'
"Sleeping Through The War" is the quartet's most bold and well-crafted record
to date. The album's creation marks the f irst time in the band's history that
a record was written before entering the studio. This process allowed for an
alignment of the band's art, desire and time. Convening in Nashville for only
six days after a year of relentlessly touring their New West Records debut
"Dying Surfer Meets Their Maker," the band's spirit coalesced in a rhythm of
statement and melody that simply needs to be heard...repeatedly.
With the guidance of Cobb and Spear, "Sleeping Through The War" captures the
truest energy of the group, full blast, fun and contemplative. The record was
made with volume in mind. "Sleeping Through The War" is meant to be played
loud, cranked up and without reservation. Feel it live through your stereo
system or listen to it speak in tongues through your headphones.
The sounds are nothing without the songs and the songs are nothing without
the lyrics. This record is a result of constant touring, world travel,
overstimulated/divided humanity, and a learning of awareness and compassion.
"They are the real deal - psychedelic blues-rock warriors who pray at the
altar of Black Sabbath, space out like Pink Floyd and shred away their
bummers like Blue Cheer." - Spin1. Bulls
2. Don't Bring Me Coffee
3. Bruce Lee
5. Am I Going Up?
7. Cowboy Kirk
8. Internet$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Order Of TimeValerie June's highly anticipated second album, The Order of Time, is set for release via Concord Records. On this enthralling and illuminating leap forward, the Tennessee-bred, Brooklyn-based songwriter weaves electric blues, African rhythms, cosmic atmospherics and delicate soul into an inventive and wholly original rumination on love, family, struggle and the passing of time. Produced by Matt Marinelli (Bad Brains), The Order of Time features twelve original songs all written by June.
Musically, June has refined and expanded her sound on the new album finding space from her previous work in its artful, self-assured restraint and overall cohesion. The collection's finely sketched character studies brim with richness and detail while June's ethereal, wide-open soundscapes provide a sterling backdrop for her remarkable Southern gospel and honey voice. Lyrical touch points such as 'dancing shadows,' 'hot suppers,' 'curious neighbors,' and 'holy water' draw the listener in and root these songs with density and weight.
The "inevitability of change" and "time as the ruler of Earth's rhythm," is the album's foundation, explains June. "And the knowledge that with resilience and faith things can work out."
"Long Lonely Road" is a reflective and somber lament as June's voice reverberates over ringing guitar and unhurried drums, whereas the entrancing blues of "If And" internalizes regret in the face of time's relentless churn. On the spiritual "Astral Plane," June's mystical vocal takes an otherworldly turn, whereas the sumptuous string arrangement on "With You," is reminiscent of Nico's most affecting work. Norah Jones adds her distinctive vocals to three tracks and "Shake Down" sparkles with background vocal contributions from her father, Emerson Hockett and brothers, Patrick and Jason Hockett.
The Order of Time follows June's 2013 breakout LP, Pushin' Against a Stone that established her as one of America's "most intriguing, fully formed new talents" according to the New York Times. She garnered praise from NPR, "a singular performer" and New York Magazine, "a powerful singer and a blunt, bruising songwriter." June also made memorable appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Saturday Morning, Rachael Ray, and Austin City Limits. She has toured with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Sturgill Simpson, and performed at Newport Folk Festival, Carnegie Hall, and much more.1. Long Lonely Road
2. Love You Once Made
3. Shake Down
4. If And
5. Man Done Wrong
6. The Front Door
7. Astral Plane
8. Just In Time
9. With You
10. Slip Slide On By
11. Two Hearts
12. Got Soul$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now