Following on the heels of its three previously Grammy-nominated volumes, the Volume 4 soundtrack of the acclaimed HBO® original series True Blood is making its way to the show’s fang-loving fans on May 28th, just one week after True Blood®: The Complete Fifth Season is released on DVD and Blu-Ray with HBO Select on May 21st.
True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 4 is once again produced by the show’s music supervisor Gary Calamar, who continues the True Blood soundtrack tradition of uniting legendary rock hall of famers with indie darlings such as Iggy Pop with Bethany Cosentino and Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis. Other never before released tracks include noted artists Alabama Shakes, Bosco Delrey, My Morning Jacket, Mobley, Deap Vally and Los Lobos, as well as a rare, out of print song by The Flaming Lips. For the first time ever the soundtrack will also be available on vinyl, to be released mid-June.
Calamar carefully selects a musical tone for each episode; the fifth season’s debut “Turn! Turn! Turn!” featured My Morning Jacket’s cover of the classic tune by The Byrds, and after “Let’s Boot and Rally” became an episode title, Iggy and Bethany came on board to duet the punk rock duet song of the same name. Fans should lend an ear to season six as well, for three songs on the Volume 4 soundtrack will also be featured in upcoming episodes.
In anticipation of the May 28th release of True Blood® Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 4, we are thrilled to share the new version of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” (Property of E Records and ABKCO Records) by Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis. Transformed into a sultry duet, Burdon with Lewis has resurrected the classic blues-rock song originally popularized by Eric Burdon and The Animals in the late sixties. Burdon and Lewis’s call and response approach, enhanced by their seductively intertwining vocal styles, lend a noir-esque feel to the track.
True Blood is centered in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana and follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin), who can read minds, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series Six Feet Under) is creator and executive producer the show, which is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The highly anticipated sixth season premiere debuts on June 16th and runs through September.
1. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis
2. Let’s Boot and Rally – Iggy Pop with Bethany Cosentino
3. What Makes A Good Man? The Heavy
4. Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf
5. Pocket Change – Alabama Shakes
6. Authority Song – Bosco Delrey
7. Turn Turn Turn – My Morning Jacket
8. Your Face Can Tell The Future – The Flaming Lips
9. The Sun – The Naked and Famous
10. Undertow – Warpaint
11. I Wanna Be Your Man – Mobley
12. (She’s A) Wanderer – Deap Vally
13. Whatever I Am, You Made Me – Koko Taylor
14. We’ll Meet Again – Los Lobos
Internationally renowned gypsy punk rock group Gogol Bordello return with their sixth full-length album Pura Vida Conspiracy via ATO Records on July 23. Produced by Andrew Scheps, the new album was recorded in El Paso, Texas at Sonic Ranch Studios and is a powerful collection of 12 surging new songs. In celebration of May Day, an ancient public holiday known for raucous celebrations, Gogol Bordello offer up a stream and download of their rebellious new song “Malandrino” to get the party started.
The album’s title is derived from a Spanish slang phrase for “pure life,” which is a theme that resonates throughout the new material. The disc’s opener, “We Rise Again,” introduces the album’s limitless, all-embracing themes instantly, centered on a chorus of “Borders are scars on face of the planet.” The new songs are infused with ideas rooted in Eastern philosophy but also search for a means of joining fragmented parts and persons, and of creating a worldwide consciousness.
“For me music is a way to explore human potential,” Hutz says. “And that’s my main interest in life – human potential. Everyone knows there’s something inside of us that we’re not using. How do we get it? How do we reach it? Every single person knows that there’s something and nobody knows what it is. So at one point I said to myself, I’m gonna get down and get it.”
Gogol Bordello has spent the last decade getting down with that energy through their meteoric live shows and has earned a solid reputation as “the hottest global touring act to come out of New York (Billboard)” and “the world’s most riotous live band (Rolling Stone).” Their wildly energetic live shows are celebrated by fans worldwide and have brought them to nearly every corner of the globe and to the main stage of festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Roskilde, Rock am Ring, Reading and Leeds to name just a few. In addition, Gogol Bordello’s recordings have earned them critical acclaim worldwide and have attracted some of the most respected collaborators and producers including 2005’s Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike, produced by indie legend Steve Albini, 2007’s SUPER TARANTA! (produced by Victor Van Vugt) and declared by music critic Robert Christgau as “the best rock album of the decade. Period.” and 2010’s Trans-Continental Hustle produced by Rick Rubin.
Gogol Bordello has also announced additional US tour dates this summer. Following their European run in July, Gogol Bordello has extended their summer tour in the US with a number of additional dates in July and August including Red Rocks Amphitheater with Queens of the Stone Age on August 15 in Morrison, CO. Tickets to the fan pre-sale start Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 am and can be purchased HERE. General venue on-sale tickets are available Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. For more information, please click HERE. See below for full line-up.
GOGOL BORDELLO TOUR DATES:
May 30, 2013 Robbins Crossing, OH Nelsonville Music Festival
May 31, 2013 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
June 1, 2013 Ozark, AR Wakarusa Music Festival
June 1st, 2013 – June 2, 2013 Houston, TX Free Press Summer Festival
June 4, 2013 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
June 5, 2013 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
June 7, 2013 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
June 8, 2013 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre
June 9, 2013 Belle Isle, Detroit MI Orion Music + More
July 20, 2013 Greenfield, MA Green River Festival
July 21, 2013 Providence, RI Lupo’s Hearbreak Hotel
July 25, 2013 Floyd, VA FloydFest
July 27, 2013 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live w/Dave Matthews Band
July 28, 2013 Pittsburgh, PA, USA Stage AE- Indoor
July 30, 2013 Columbus, OH The LC Indoor Pavilion
July 31, 2013 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
August 2, 2013 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
August 3, 2013 Bonner Springs, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
August 7, 2013 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
August 8, 2013 – August 9, 2013 Seattle, WA Neptune
August 12, 2013 Edmonton, AB Canada Union Hall
August 13, 2013 Calgary, AB Canada Flames Central
August 15, 2013 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Queens of the Stone Age
August 16, 2013 Omaha, NE Slowdown
August 19, 2013 – August 20, 2013 Toronto, ON Canada Danforth Music Hall
Having recently toured much of North America after a successful week in Austin for SXSW and two sold out shows in New York, Caitlin Rose is returning to the stage for a full run of headlining West Coast dates with Daniel Romano, with all listed below.
The Nashville-based singer songwriter has been impressing audiences and critics alike for her noteworthy live show based around her new sophomore record, The Stand-In, out now on ATO Records. The Chicago Tribune loves her, “vintage sound that pays homage to Nashville’s Music Row roots while remaining a product of the modern era” while Chicago Reader notes how the “terrific” record works by “staking her claim to a modern brand of the sun-drenched country rock Linda Ronstadt used to make.”
Rose has also just released a gorgeous video for Yours Truly, in which she discusses and plays standout track “Pink Champagne” underneath the idyllic late afternoon rays on a porch. Deemed a “young darling of Nashville’s music scene,” Rose also recently performed three songs for NPR’s World Cafe, and she can be viewed in some entertaining and charismatic behind the scenes videos released from her recording sessions at Casino Studios in June 2012.
Pitchfork have called The Stand-In a “gorgeous-sounding chronicle” with a “magnetic power” to its choruses, while the Los Angeles Times write of her live show, “the finely detailed arrangements packed a kick, and Roses’ voice is the kind that’s so comforting that it isn’t until the song ends one realizes how much it’s missed.” As Creative Loafing elaborate on her sound, Rose “conjures country greats like Loretta Lynn or Patsy Cline…her songwriting holds up against contemporary songwriting counterparts including Neko Case and Jenny Lewis. If one thing is certain about Rose, it’s that she’s destined for bigger things in the years to come.”
North American Tour Dates
4/26 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX *
4/27 – War Room – San Antonio, TX *
4/29 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ *#
4/30 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA *
5/02 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA *
5/03 – The Crepe Place – Santa Cruz, CA *
5/04 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA *
5/06 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA *
5/07 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR *
5/09 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT *
5/10 – The Walnut Room – Denver, CO *
5/11 – Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS *
5/12 – Off Broadway – St Louis, MO *
6/29 – Kansrocksas – Kansas City, KS
8/30 – End Of The Road Festival – North Dorset, UK
9/12 – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK
9/13 – The Ritz – Manchester, UK
9/14 – Festival No. 6 – Portmeirion, North Wales
* with Daniel Romano
# with Justin Townes Earle
Old Crow Medicine Show continue their non-stop musical extravaganza with the announcement of 43 upcoming tour dates. The band hits the road to continue to promote their current album, “Carry Me Back”. OCMS also recently celebrated a Grammy Award for their Music DVD collaboration with Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – “The Big Easy Express”.
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW 2013 Tour dates
Wednesday, May 15 Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Thursday, May 16 Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
Friday, May 17 Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
Saturday, May 18 Wadmalaw Island, SC @ Charleston Tea Plantation
Friday, May 24 Charleston, WV @ The Clay Center
Saturday, May 25 Cumberland, MD @ Delfest
Sunday, May 26 Cooperstown, NY @ Ommegang Brewery
Tuesday, May 28 North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA
Thurs, May 30 Fredericton, New Brunswick @ Boyce Farmer’s Market
Friday, May 31 Halifax, Nova Scotia @ Olympic Hall
Saturday, June 1 Wolfville, Nova Scotia @ Acadia University
Sunday, June 2 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Mon, June 3 Sydney, Nova Scotia @ Membertou Convention Centre
Wed/Thurs, June 5 & 6 Boothbay Harbor, ME @ The Opera House
Friday, June 7 Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
Saturday, June 8 Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion*
Sunday, June 23rd Fayetteville, AR @ The Arkansas Music Pavilion
Monday, June 24 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
Tuesday, June 25 Boulder, CO @ Chautauqua Auditorium
Thursday, June 27 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Friday, June 28 Redding, CA @ Cascade Theater
Saturday, June 29 Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
Sunday, June 30 Seattle, WA @ Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater
Tuesday, July 2 Spokane, WA @ The Fox Theatre
Wednesday, July 3 Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre
Fri, July 5 Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
Saturday, July 6 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
Thursday, July 11 Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens
Friday, July 12 Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
Saturday, July 13 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
Thursday, July 25 Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Pike
Friday, July 26 Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Saturday, July 27 Wilmington, DE @ The Grand Opera House
Sunday, July 28 Floyd, VA @ FloydFest
Saturday, August 3rd Nashville, TN @ The Woods Amphitheater
Thursday, August 15 Harrisonburg, VA @ Rockingham County Fair
Friday, August 16 Cleveland, OH @ Ohio Theatre
Saturday, August 17 Sterling Heights, MI @ Mo Pop Fest
Tuesday, August 20 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
Wednesday, August 21 Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
Thursday, August 22 Kingston, ON @ The Ale House
Friday, August 23 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Saturday, August 24 Simcoe, ON @ Norfolk County Fairgrounds – $
Saturday, August 31 Troy, OH @ Troy Memorial Stadium – $
* supporting The Avett Brothers
$ supporting Mumford & Sons
Last week the Alabama Shakes were invited to play at The White House alongside Justin Timberlake, Mavis Staples, Ben Harper, and Charlie Musselwhite as Barack and Michelle Obama paid tribute to Memphis soul in the latest iteration of “In Performance at the White House”
Alabama Shakes debut album Boys & Girls is out now.
Jonny Fritz is featured as Rolling Stone’s ARTIST TO WATCH along with the premiere of the Dad Country album trailer with footage in Jackson Browne’s studio featuring Dawes. The footage was shot by 2013 Tribeca Film award-winning director, Sean Dunne.
Artist to Watch: Jonny Fritz
Former Jonny Corndawg wonders, ‘Have You Ever Wanted to Die?’
By John D. Luerssen
May 13, 2013 3:20 PM
Shot in black and white in Jackson Browne’s recording studio, the video for Jonny Fritz’s “Have You Ever Wanted to Die?” shows a haunting, reflective side of the Nashville-based singer and songwriter. Backed by members of Dawes (Taylor Goldsmith produced the track’s parent album, Dad Country) the pensive follow up to the singer’s CMT-friendly “Goodbye Summer” is more akin to Ryan Adams than Clint Black.
“This is the only song we didn’t mess with too much arrangement-wise,” says Fritz – who previously released two albums as Jonny Corndawg. “How you hear it is exactly how I wrote it. This might be my favorite song.”
Nashville songwriter Jonny Fritz has released the second track from his ATO Records, debut Dad Country! Click below to Purchase today!
Titled “Goodbye Summer,” the track is a non-glamorous, droll observation of the touring lifestyle and the kind of people you meet on the road, including an older “lover with a wedding ring.” Featuring Jonny’s distinctive, expressive vocals set against honkytonk fiddle, it’s a fresh take on the classic, pure country sound. Jonny’s songs are about the things people think but don’t dare say out loud. “The things that get me to want to write a song are the things that I find funny, and the things I find funny are the things that offend people or are swept away or go unnoticed or unsaid,” he says. “They carry so much more weight because they’ve never been touched on.”
Part of the new young indie country scene out of Music City USA, Jonny’s new genre of “Dad Country” — his response to being labeled “outlaw country” — has found him written up everywhere from CMT to Esquire Magazine, who selected Jonny as one of SxSW 2013′s acts not to miss. Paste Magazine also selected Jonny as a “band to see” at SxSW and his festival shows were sought out and reviewed by many publications and blogs, and an early review on No Depression praised the album as one of the year’s best to date for its”slightly Gothic flavor, actual stories, melodic tunes and a singer with a memorable voice.”
Currently on tour with Heartless Bastards, Jonny will join The Devil Makes Three for a month of shows taking him through mid-April and has just announced June dates with the Alabama Shakes (scroll down for complete tour schedule). Accompanied by fiddler/ vocalist Josh Hedley, Jonny will be performing songs from his albums I’m Not Ready to Be a Daddy and Down On the Bikini Line as well as Dad Country. Recorded at Jackson Brown’s Los Angeles studio and in Jonny’s hometown of Nashville, TN and has a great Nashville-meets-West Coast vibe; the album was co-produced by Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and features Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Tay Straithairn and Wylie Gelber along with Spencer Cullum Jr. and Joshua Hedley. Dad Country is also his first release under his real name Fritz, with Jonny ditching the “Corndawg” moniker he’d carried since his early teens.
It’s been a long journey for Jonny, who dropped out of high school a decade ago. Born in Montana and raised in Virginia, he grew up in the middle of mountains and weirdos of every allegiance and left home early to tour the country on his motorcycle, selling just enough music to keep his freedom and gas in his tank. He eventually wound his way toward Tennessee. While immersing himself in Nashville’s music world, Jonny began running marathons from Philadelphia to Barcelona and pounding out his signature leather works — the dog collars and guitar straps — now seen all over Nashville and half the musical universe.
These days, he’s put down roots in Tennessee and has even gone and bought himself a house.”This is the dream life. I couldn’t really ask for anything else.”
JONNY FRITZ on tour:
* 4/17-5/11 Supporting DEVIL MAKES THREE
^ 6/18-6/23 Supporting ALABAMA SHAKES
WE 4/17 RIDGEFIELD, CT RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE *
TH 4/18 BROOKLYN, NY MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG *
FR 4/19 BUFFALO, NY TOWN BALLROOM *
SA 4/20 TORONTO, ONT THE OPERA HOUSE *
SU 4/21 GRAND RAPIDS, MI PYRAMID SCHEME *
WE 4/24 CLEVELAND, OH HOUSE OF BLUES – CAMBRIDGE ROOM *
TH 4/25 INDIANAPOLIS, IN DELUXE *
FR 4/26 MILWAUKEE, WI TURNER HALL *
SA 4/27 MADISON, WI MAJESTIC THEATRE *
SU 4/28 DAVENPORT, IA THE REDSTONE ROOM *
TU 4/30 KANSAS CITY, MO THE RECORD BAR *
TH 5/02 NORMAN, OK OPOLIS *
SA 5/04 AUSTIN, TX ANTONE’S *
SU 5/05 HOUSTON, TX FITZGERALD’S UPSTAIRS *
WE 5/08 LITTLE ROCK, AR REVOLUTION MUSIC ROOM *
TH 5/09 MEMPHIS, TN THE HI-TONE CAFÉ *
FR 5/10 ST. LOUIS, MO BLUEBERRY HILL *
SA 5/11 LOUISVILLE, KY HEADLINERS MUSIC HALL *
TU 6/18 COLUMBUS, OH LC PAVILION – OUTDOORS ^
WE 6/19 DETROIT, MI ROYAL OAK MUSIC THEATRE ^
SU 6/23 PORT CHESTER, NY THE CAPITOL THEATRE ^
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Featured Track Listing:
1. Caitlin Rose – I Was Cruel
2. Alabama Shakes – I Found You
3. Jim James – A New Life
4. Brandi Carlile & Emmylou Harris – Take Me Home, Country Roads
5. Jonny Fritz – Ain’t it Your Birthday
6. Kopecky Family Band – Heartbeat
7. Bobby Long – Devil Moon
8. The Bronx – Youth Wasted
9. Allen Stone – Celebrate Tonight
10. Jovanotti – Sulla frontiera
11. Old Crow Medicine Show – Ain’t it Enough
12. SOJA – Jah is Listening Now (Acoustic)
13. Stars – The Theory of Relativity
14. Trey Anastasio – Pigtail
15. Rayland Baxter – Dreamin’
Kopecky Family Band has announced additional summer tour dates that will kick off in Houston, TX at the Free Press Summer Festival on June 1st. The band will then continue a run of Texas shows over the next week before wrapping up at KXT’s Barefoot at the Belmont summer concert series in Dallas on June 6th. Kopecky Family Band is also now confirmed to perform at the Xponential Music Festival in Philadelphia on July 28th and the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco August 9th-11th. A current itinerary is below, including previously announced dates in April and May
Kopecky Family Band are not a family by blood, but by bond – through the palpable sense of community and care for one another that the members share (as the new album’s title suggests), forged by time and touring. The band’s origins can be traced back to a Belmont University dorm room, circa late 2007, when Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon first met and heard each other casually play a few songs. The musical chemistry was instant, and within a few short weeks the two had written the songs that would become the band’s debut EP, Embraces (2008). They rounded up a group of mutual friends to play with them, and Kopecky Family Band was born.
Kids Raising Kids is the sound of a band coming into its own and as a whole truly greater than the sum of its parts. It’s an adventurous record, the unmistakably open sound varying from the playful sing-along pop of “Heartbeat” (official video) to the haunting heartbreak of ballad “Change;” from the classic swing verse and mountainous chorus of “My Way” to the bright, breezy soar of “The Glow;” and from the chiming, cello-laden drive of “Hope” to the darker, propulsive “She’s The One.” The bright, irrepressible songs on Kids Raising Kids deal with navigating waters of change and facing challenges – like being away from home, falling in love, having perspective and seeing others’, going after what you want – and also sees the band challenging themselves by creating a bigger sound than anything they’ve done before. The album, which began as another EP but bloomed into a full-length LP, also marks the first time contributions from all six members are upfront alongside and in complement to the leadership of Kopecky and Simon. A full track listing and album stream is below.
Kopecky Family Band are: Kelsey Kopecky (vocals, keys, bass), Gabe Simon (vocals, guitar, horns), Steven Holmes (guitar, lap steel), David Krohn (drums), Markus Midkiff (cello, guitar, keys), and Corey Oxendine (bass, guitar, horns).
Stream the entire album here!
Kids Raising Kids track listing:
- Wandering Eyes
- My Way
- Are You Listening…
- The Glow
- She’s The One
- Angry Eyes
Kopecky Family Band tour dates
MAY 8 WASHINGTON, DC THE BLACK CAT*
MAY 9 PITTSBURGH, PA CLUB CAFÉ*
MAY 10 CHILLICOTHE, OH PAPER CITY MUSIC SERIES*
MAY 11 CINCINNATI, OH MOTR PUB*
MAY 14 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA THE SOUTHERN
MAY 15 NEW HAVEN, CT BAR
MAY 16 NEW YORK, NY MERCURY LOUNGE
MAY 18 ANNAPOLIS, MD RAM’S HEAD ON STAGE
MAY 20 ASHEVILLE, NC ISIS MUSIC HALL
JUNE 1-2 HOUSTON, TX FREE PRESS SUMMER FESTIVAL
JUNE 3 AUSTIN, TX STUBBS JR.
JUNE 4 BRYAN, TX GRAND STAFFORD THEATER
JUNE 5 FT. WORTH, TX LIVE OAK MUSIC HALL
JUNE 6 DALLAS, TX KXT’S BAREFOOT AT THE BELMONT
JUNE 21-23 DOVER, DE FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
JULY 28 PHILADELPHIA, PA XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
AUG. 9-11 SAN FRANCISCO, CA OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL
* supporting He’s My Brother She’s My Sister:
A crazy month for Alabama Shakes became even more exciting last night with their performance on the legendary Saturday Night Live with host Christoph Waltz. Watch the performances below and download the new song “Always Alright”!
In more exciting news, Alabama Shakes debut album, Boys & Girls was just certified as RIAA Gold, making it ATO’s first truly independent Gold record! Huge Congratulations to the Shakes, we all couldn’t be more proud of you guys!
Alabama Shakes – North American Tour Dates March 2013
1 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
2 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
3 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
5 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
6 – Davis, CA @ Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts 8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Saltair
9 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
12 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
15 – New Orleans, LA @ The Sugar Mill
16 – Jackson, MS @ Hal + Mal’s Street Dance
The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver came out today and is now available for purchase! Check out the great article NPR wrote about the album and its contributing artists below and find the links to buy the album on iTunes, Amazon, and our official store!
The artists assembled for a new John Denver tribute record, The Music Is You, likely fall into the latter category. The album, out April 2, showcases some of Denver’s most beloved songs, as performed by a cross-genre, cross-generational and impressive mix of musicians — many of whom were in elementary school in the ’70s and ’80s, when Denver was singing on The Muppet Show and appearing in kid-friendly TV specials.
My Morning Jacket opens the collection with what might be Denver’s most popular song, the oft-covered “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” True to the original, singer Jim James dispenses a sweetly sung tearjerker, awash in heartache and loneliness. Dinosaur Jr.‘s J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten pair up for a gritty, electrified take on “Prisoners,” Denver’s ode to the working class, while veteran roots-rock singer Lucinda Williams performs a spare, bittersweet version of “This Old Guitar,” a song of simple thanks to the instrument that gave Denver (and Williams) a life and living. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros close the album with a retooled interpretation of “Wooden Indian,” Denver’s broadside against the treatment of Native Americans. Other artists appearing on the record include Dave Matthews, Blind Pilot, Josh Ritter and Emmylou Harris, among many others.
The Music Is You arrives 15 years after Denver’s death. The singer would also have turned 70 this year, on Dec. 31; Denver died when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed off the coast of California. Toward the end of his life, Denver was struggling: He wrote and spoke openly about his marital infidelities, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and said he thought of killing himself. He was arrested twice for drunken driving. Some fans dismissed the troubles, while others were disappointed, but all had hoped Denver would turn his life around and enjoy a resurgence in his career. He didn’t live long enough to make it happen, but The Music Is You shows that his songs maintain the power to reach new audiences — and, yes, make them cry.