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    December Day

    Country 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
    5. Nuages
    6. Mona Lisa
    7. I Don't Know Where I Am Today
    8. Amnesia
    9. Who'll Buy My Memories?
    10. The Anniversary Song


    LP 2
    1. Laws of Nature
    2. Walkin'
    3. Always
    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

    Willie Nelson
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    December Day - Willie's Stash Vol 1

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    The 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
    5. Nuages
    6. Mona Lisa
    7. I Don't Know Where I Am Today
    8. Amnesia
    9. Who'll Buy My Memories
    10. The Anniversary Song


    LP2
    1. Laws Of Nature
    2. Walkin'
    3. Always
    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

    Willie Nelson
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    Relics

    Limited Edition


    Four Craig Leon-produced tracks released on BOMP -- which is the parent company of Voxx -- and five demo tapes that were recorded on four-track comprise this excellent collection. When I Get Off was the number two Garage Record of the Year in 1978 in Boston's Real Paper, and it is a psychedelic masterpiece. The dueling guitars, slashing riff, and great Corraccio bass complement Mono Mann aka Jeff Connolly's blitzkrieg vocals. Here is a slice of pyschedlia that is the fans outdoing the bands they idolize. Also, as with Willie Alexander's demos, it seems Craig Leon did a much better job on smaller budgets. The lyrics are sexist, but fun in Barracuda -- definitely not the Heart song -- Lift up Your Hood, and the aforementioned When I Get Off. There is also a cool cover of Roky Erickson's You're Gonna Miss Me and a fantastic album jacket of the band photographed at what looks like the Rat nightclub inside a red background covered in barbed wire fence. There's even a cool inside joke, Bomb records instead of Bomp, the famous label founded by Greg Shaw. A definite statement about the heart and soul of demos having a special something major-label homogenization fails to establish. Rudy Martinez of Question Mark & the Mysterians has even covered a Connally composition written for Mono Mann Jeff's current group, the Lyres.

    1 Busy Man (3:46)
    2 Can't Stand The Pain (2:45)
    3 When I Get Off (5:19)
    4 Do Not Enter (2:26)
    5 Guilty Child (2:55)
    6 Shirt Loop (1:40)
    7 Lift Up Your Hood (1:43)
    8 Bloody Englishmen (2:59)
    9 First Time (1:41)
    10 Oedipus Show (2:25)
    11 Might He I.D. (2:36)
    12 Pretty Girl (3:22)
    DMZ
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    Crow Jane Alley

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    First Time On Vinyl


    It's hard to get a handle on what to call Willy DeVille's multi-genre music, though AMG writer Thom Jurek's description of ''Spanish soul-inflected love songs'' comes close. ''Muddy Waters Rose Out of the Mississippi Mud'' would be perfect for Rusty Kershaw, God rest his soul, a nice complement to the laid-back cover of Jay & the Americans' Top Three hit from 1964, ''Come a Little Bit Closer'' -- its presentation a wonderful nod to songwriters Wes Farrell and Bobby Hart. The evolution is startling 28 years after Mink DeVille gave listeners ''Let Me Dream if I Want To'' on the classic punk LP Live at CBGB's, and DeVille emerges as a major interpreter. The four minutes and 31 seconds of Bryan Ferry's ''Slave to Love'' may be one of the most distinct and unique adaptations of a Ferry tune put on record to date. Outside of the covers, the other eight tracks are Willy DeVille originals, ''(Don't Have A) Change of Heart'' liberally borrowing the melody from Kenny Rogers' hit ''Lucille.'' ''Trouble Comin' Every Day in a World'' slinks and lurks around the corner with another stylistic change, sounding a bit like that other Willie from the same era, Bostonian Willie ''Loco'' Alexander. Crow Jane Alley is a very respectable collection from this journeyman, starting off with the single ''Chieva'' and continuing with DeVille's novel exploration of sound and clever merging of styles.

    1. Chieva
    2. Right There, Right Then
    3. Downside Of Town
    4. My Forever Came Today

    5. Crow Jane Alley (for Jack)
    6. Muddy Waters Rose Out Of The Mississippi Mud
    7. Come A Little Bit Closer
    8. Slave To Love
    9. (Don't Have A) Change Of Heart
    10. Trouble Comin' Everyday In A World Gone Wrong
    Willy DeVille
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  • For The Good Times For The Good Times Quick View

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    For The Good Times

    I love playing country music, says Norah Jones. More than any other genre, it makes me feel at home. Over the past 10 years, The Little Willies, a group of friends and like-minded souls that includes Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (guitar, vocals), and Dan Rieser (drums), have periodically gathered to make music for fun, playing their favorite country tunes and conjuring that down-home spirit.


    With their second album, For the Good Times, The Little Willies take on songs by such masters as Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton. The results demonstrate the joy they take, and commitment they make, to a project that was first born for purely practical reasons.


    Material for the new album was taken from the Willies live repertoire, and by passing around ideas drawn from disparate sources. The selections include more surprising choices, like the trucker classic Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves and Foul Owl on the Prowl, from the soundtrack to In the Heat of the Night. Alongside the more obscure songs, though, For the Good Times also includes some of the best-known songs in the history of country music, like Partons Jolene and the title track, written by Kristofferson and made famous by such singers as Ray Price and Al Green.

    1. I Worship You (Ralph Stanley) Norah & Richard vocals
    2. Remember Me (Scott Wiseman) Norah vocals
    3. Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves (Cal Martin) Norah & Richard vocals
    4. Lovesick Blues (Cliff Friend/Irving Mills) Norah & Richard vocals
    5. Tommy Rockwood (Jim Campilongo) - instrumental
    6. Fist City (Loretta Lynn) Norah vocals
    7. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson) Richard vocals
    8. Foul Owl on the Prowl (Quincy Jones/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman) Norah & Richard vocals
    9. Wide Open Road (Johnny Cash) Richard vocals w/Norah backing
    10. For the Good Times (Kris Kristofferson) Norah vocals
    11. If Youve Got the Money Ive Got the Time (Lefty Frizzell/Jim Beck) Norah & Richard vocals
    12. Jolene (Dolly Parton) Norah vocals
    Norah Jones & The Little Willies
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    Porcupine Meat

    Naming one's album after a song titled "Porcupine Meat" may seem a little unusual - unless, of course, you're Bobby Rush, who earned his first gold record in 1971 with a hit entitled "Chicken Heads." He elaborates on his recent composition: "If a lady won't treat me right, but she doesn't want anyone else to have me, that is hard to digest." Hence the lyric, "too fat to eat, too lean to throw away."


    Porcupine Meat is Rush's debut release for Rounder Records, and one of the best recordings of his astonishing 60-plus year career. The album is due out September 16, 2016.
    Rush estimates that he has cut over 300 songs since he first began making music. He has been honored with three Grammy nominations, as well as ten Blues Music Awards and 41 nominations. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006.


    Make no mistake: Rush is not your typical octogenarian. At age 82, he exudes the energy of a 20-year-old, on the road for more than 200 dates a year. His hectic tour schedule has earned him the affectionate title King of the Chitlin' Circuit. Rush has traveled the globe including Japan and Beirut. In 2007, he earned the distinction of being the first blues artist to play at the Great Wall of China. His renowned stage act features his famed shake dancers, who personify his funky blues and the ribald humor that he has cultivated during the course of his storied career.


    Born Emmet Ellis, Jr. in Homer, Louisiana, he adopted the stage name Bobby Rush out of respect for his father, a pastor. According to Rush, his parents never talked about the blues being the devil's music. "My daddy never told me to sing the blues, but he also didn't tell me to not sing the blues. I took that as a green light."


    Rush built his first guitar when he was a youngster. "I didn't know where to buy one, even if I had the money. I was a country boy," he says. After seeing a picture of a guitar in a magazine, he decided to make one by attaching the top wire of a broom to a wall and fretting it with a bottle. He also got some harmonica lessons from his father He eventually acquired a real guitar, and started playing in juke joints as a teenager, when his family briefly relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. The fake moustache Rush wore made club owners believe he was old enough to gain entry into their establishments. While he was living in Little Rock, Rush's band, which featured Elmore James, had a residency at a nightspot called Jackrabbit.


    During the mid-1950s, Rush relocated to Chicago to pursue his musical career and make a better life for himself. It was there that he started to work with Earl Hooker, Luther Allison, and Freddie King, and sat in with many of his musical heroes, such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, and Little Walter. Rush eventually began leading his own band in the 1960s. He also started to craft his own distinct style of funky blues, and recorded a succession of singles for a various small labels. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Rush finally scored a hit with "Chicken Heads." More recordings followed, including an album for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Label.
    Rush relocated one final time, to Jackson, Miss. in the early 1980s. He was tired of the cold up north, and he realized that setting up his base of operations directly in the center of the South would make it easier to perform in nearby cities on weekends. More indie label recordings followed. Songs like "Sue, A Man Can Give (But He Sure Can't Take It)," "What's Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander Too," and" I Ain't Studdin' You" became regional jukebox favorites in juke joints throughout the region, and many of those songs are still fan favorites that are an integral part of his live repertoire.


    Since 2003, Rush has self-released the majority of his work (including the critically acclaimed Folk Funk album) on his Deep Rush label, but recently, he came to the realization that having a bigger record company behind him would be beneficial. "I outgrew myself," he says. "I need someone to help in doing the things I can't do. When you are wearing all the hats, you can't be everywhere at once."


    Enter esteemed producer and two-time Grammy winner Scott Billington, Rounder Records' longtime VP of A&R. Billington first met Rush at a Recording Academy meeting 25 years ago, and they became fast friends. He has wanted to work with Rush ever since. "He is the most vital bluesman of his generation," says Billington. He continues, "There are many people who still don't know Bobby Rush, even though he is a hero in the parallel universe of the Chitlin' Circuit - fans stop him on the street in Memphis and Helena and Little Rock."


    Porcupine Meat will not only please Rush's older fans, but is likely to win over many new ones. Billington reflects, "We wanted to come up with something fresh, while staying 100% true to Bobby."


    The album was recorded in New Orleans, and Rush was pleased and proud to be given the opportunity to make an album in his home state for the very first time. His impassioned vocals and in-the-pocket harmonica playing are among the best performances of his career. Unlike most of his recent releases, these sessions only feature real instruments and no synthesizers. All of the rhythm tracks were cut live in the studio, often edited down from jams that on several occasions ran close to ten minutes.


    For the project, Billington assembled some of the best Louisiana musicians, including Shane Theriot, David Torkanowsky, Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander, Kirk Joseph, Cornell Williams, and others. Rush brought along his old friend and longtime collaborator, guitarist Vasti Jackson, who worked with Bobby and Scott on getting the songs ready for the studio. Guitar greats Dave Alvin, Keb' Mo', and Joe Bonamassa all make guest appearances on the album.


    Rush has always been a prolific and clever songwriter. The songs he penned for Porcupine Meat such as "Dress Too Short," "I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around," "Me, Myself And I," "Nighttime Gardener," "It's Your Move," and the title selection, all equal or rival his best material. "Funk O' De Funk" delivers exactly what the title suggests and what Rush has always done the best, which is putting the funk into the blues. While "Got Me Accused" is inspired by events from Rush's own life, the lyrics tell an all-too-familiar tale about the rampant racial injustice that afflicts our society. Producer Billington and his wife Johnette Downing (the well known New Orleans songwriter and children's musician) co-wrote a couple of fine selections, "Catfish Stew" and "Snake In The Grass."


    Bobby Rush is the greatest bluesman currently performing. Porcupine Meat is a testament to his brilliance, which presents him at his very best, and doesn't try to be anything that he is not. "I just try to record good music and stories," he humbly states. With this recording, he has more than accomplished his goal, and has produced one of the finest contemporary blues albums in recent times.

    1. I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around
    2. Porcupine Meat
    3. Got Me Accused
    4. Snake in the Grass
    5. Funk O' De Funk
    6. Me, Myself and I (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
    7. Catfish Stew
    8. It's Your Move (feat. Dave Alvin)
    9. Nighttime Gardener (feat. Keb Mo)
    10. I Think Your Dress Is Too Short
    11. Standing on Shaky Ground
    12. I'm Tired (Tangle Eye Mix)
    Bobby Rush
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