Caitlin Rose just released an incredible cover of The National’s single, “Pink Rabbits.” In an exclusive interview with ELLE, Caitlin said “this song creeped up on me in the same way the band did. It was something I’d heard and enjoyed on several occasions. To sort of know something is great before it resonates with you, then all of a sudden it’s under your skin, like nothing else. Like being told this juicy secret you already know. It’s my favorite way to fall in love with music. ”
Upcoming Tour Dates
09.18.13 – eTown Hall – Boulder, CO @
09.20.13 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
09.20.13 – 09.22.13 – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion – Bristol, TN
10.08.13 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA *
10.09.13 – Cultural Arts Center of East Alabama – Opelika, AL *
10.12.13 – Centennial Park – Nashville, TN
10.15.13 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL *
10.16.13 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL *
10.23.13 – 24th Melbourne Festival – Melbourne, AU
10.25 – The Basement – Sydney, AU
11.02.13 – Shakespear’s Pub – Kalamazoo, MI #
11.03.13 – The Loft – Lansing, MI #
11.04.13 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH #
* with Dawes
@ with Leon Russell
# with Langhorne Slim
A newly remastered version of Drive-By Truckers third album Alabama Ass Whuppin’ is now available everywhere. Originally released in 2000, the record has been out of print for years. The album has been re-mastered by Greg Calbi and includes updated artwork by Wes Freed. This is the first time the album has been available on vinyl.
“This was our third album and the connecting thread between our earlier work and the band that we went on to become later. It’s a documentation of a period in time that I wouldn’t go back to for all the money in the world, but I’m proud of the shows that we played and the songs that we wrote, “ says Patterson Hood.
Paste Magazine is also streaming the album here!
28 – State Line, NV @ Harrah’s Tahoe South Shore Room
5 – Mobile, AL @ Bayfest
6 – Greenville, MS @Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
19 – Live Oak, FL @ Magnolia Music Festival
30 – Dubuque, IA @ Diamond Jo Casino
31 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
1 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak
2 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Ballroom
3 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
5 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
6 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
7 – Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Theater
8 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
9 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
10 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
6 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
7 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
13 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
14 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
It’s human nature to romanticize a specific time and place in the past — a moment when everything just felt right, or opportunities were laid out like a banquet. For Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, it’s been impossible to let go of Meriden, N.H., circa 1986: That tiny town is where he spent his childhood (he turned 10 that summer) and where his parents taught at an area boarding school. Meriden is where Sheff’s visions of youth and innocence reside, even as he’s gone on to live in Austin and Brooklyn, and to tour the world. Sheff sets Okkervil River’s seventh album, The Silver Gymnasium, square in the heart of his own childhood; in the specific spot that produced his most sepia-toned memories. As such, the record captures not only his own autobiographical details, but also musical cues from the era.
To complement the release of The Silver Gymnasium, Okkervil River has released an 8-bit adventure video game, an interactive map (created with NPR Music), a video documenting Sheff’s high school bands, footage of him performing in his old high school gym – the inspiration for the album title – and more. Revisit all of these at Mashable: http://on.mash.to/1asKjIK
Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on a writer’s trip to the small town of Meriden, NH to explore the origins of Okkervil River’s ‘The Silver Gymnasium’ (out today) with frontman Will Sheff. The Times called the album “an aural bildungsroman,” based around Sheff’s small-town childhood in the mid-’80s. Read the story, and go on a Sheff-guided video tour, here: http://nyti.ms/14nk3bz. Read the NY Times story here: http://nyti.ms/14nk3bz
Okkervil River’s tour begins later this month. See full dates below.
Okkervil River Tour Dates:
9/06 – Boston, MA – Gilt City Boston @ Royale
9/07 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
9/19 – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
9/20 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
9/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
9/23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
9/26 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (w/ Pickwick and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears)
9/27 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
9/28 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
9/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
10/1 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
10/2 – Little Rock, AR @ Revolution
10/4 & 10/11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/18 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
10/22 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10/24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/25 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
10/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
10/28 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/29 – Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station
10/31 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
11/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/02 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
11/03 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
11/04 – Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM / UCO Performance Lab
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“Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War” is now available everywhere
The album is a collection of 32 songs recognizing the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. These melodies and ballads have been reinterpreted and brought up to the modern day featuring artists like Karen Elson, Dolly Parton, Lee Ann Womack, Loretta Lynn and more. The awesome Randall Poster, well known for his work on film music, supervised and developed much of the album collaborating with ATO Records.
Check out the full track list below:
Divided & United
- Take Your Gun and Go, John – Loretta Lynn
- Lorena – Del McCoury
- Wildwood Flower – Sam Amidon
- Hell’s Broke Loose In Georgia – Bryan Sutton
- Two Soldiers – Ricky Skaggs
- Marching Through Georgia – Old Crow Medicine Show
- Dear Old Flag – Vince Gill
- Just Before the Battle, Mother/ Farewell, Mother – Steve Earle and Dirk Powell
- The Fall Of Charleston – Shovels & Rope
- Tenting on the Old Campground – John Doe
- Day Of Liberty – Carolina Chocolate Drops
- Richmond Is a Hard Road to Travel – Chris Thile and Michael Daves
- Two Brothers – Chris Stapleton
- The Faded Coat Of Blue – Norman Blake, Nancy Blake and James Bryan
- Listen to the Mockingbird – Stuart Duncan featuring Dolly Parton
- Kingdom Come – Pokey LaFarge
- Rebel Soldier – Jamey Johnson
- The Legend of the Rebel Soldier – Lee Ann Womack
- The Mermaid Song – Jorma Kaukonen
- Dixie - Karen Elson with The Secret Sisters
- The Vacant Chair – Ralph Stanley
- Hard Times – Chris Hillman
- Down By the Riverside – Taj Mahal
- Old Folks at Home/ The Girl I Left Behind Me – Noam Pikelny and David Grisman
- Secesh – The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
- The Battle of Antietam – T Bone Burnett
- Pretty Saro – Ashley Monroe featuring Aubrey Haynie
- Aura Lee – Joe Henry
- Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier – AA Bondy
- When Johnny Comes Marching Home – Angel Snow
- Battle Cry of Freedom – Bryan Sutton
- Beautiful Dreamer – Cowboy Jack Clement
ashkeLon, a new EP from Nashville singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter, is out now on ATO Records. Purchase the album on iTunes
“A beautiful storyteller and singer…someone I think we’re going to hear from a lot.” —Bob Boilen, NPR Music
“…songs will absolutely bring you to your knees,”—American Songwriter
The five-song digital EP features three new songs as well as alternative versions of “the mtn song” and “driveway meLody,” which were featured on Baxter’s acclaimed full-length debut, feathers & fishHooks. The track, “bad things,” can be heard below. Additionally, a live, in-the-studio video of the song is available to view here.
In celebration of the new EP, Baxter will embark on a series of tour dates, including a fall European tour supporting Kacey Musgraves. See below for complete details.
On August 13, the music video for one of the new tracks, “Ghost, Again,” premiered at CMT Edge and is now available to view/embed here. Additionally, the audio and video for the track “bad things” premiered earlier this year at Paste Magazine. Moreover, a new video entitled “Who is Rayland Baxter” is available to view/embed here.
Named after the town in Israel where Baxter spent a pivotal time of his life, ashkeLon was recorded live in one day, at East Nashville’s Casino studio. Of the title, Baxter comments, “ashkeLon is where I started writing songs and where I have returned numerous times. For me, that was where this all began. I thought it very fitting to name this group of songs ashkeLon for that reason. It’s a very special place. It’s my little green garden in the desert.” He goes on to explain, “the creation of ashkeLon was inspired by every live show I have played since the time feathers & fishHooks was released. The songs turned into something else on the road…so I figured it’d be nice to go into the studio with my buds and see what would happen. We’d run through each song a time or two, and then track it three times. Pick the best take and move on to the next. That’s it. I think it’s a nice stepping-stone from feathers & fishHooks—showing a little bit more—and leaving a high ceiling for the second album. I love recording live. You can hear everything…the foot taps, the wood bench creaking, my buddy Dave (who filmed the entire session) tripping on the mic cable in the middle of a song…all of that makes for a incredibly unique listening experience. That’s the goal. No sugar. No salt. Just the song.”
Of last year’s feathers & fishHooks, Interview Magazine praises, “its 12 tracks…betray the studied, well-worn maturity of a songwriter who has done his fair share of living,” while the Nashville Scene asserts, “Play your kid Mozart—maybe he’ll grow up to be a math genius. Play your kid Steve Earle and Bob Dylan’s steel-guitar melodies—maybe he’ll grow up to be Rayland Baxter.”
1. the mtn song
2. bad things
3. driveway meLody
4. ghost, again
5. the coLd easy Life of a Loner
RAYLAND BAXTER CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
September 10 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Café
September 11 Los Angeles, CA Royce Hall*
September 14 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center*
September 15 Temecula, CA Thorton Winery*
September 18-22 Nashville, TN Americana Music Festival
September 19 Charlotte, NC Stage Door Theater
September 20 & 21 Bristol, TN Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
September 22 Austin, TX The Parish†
September 23 Dallas, TX House of Blues†
September 24 Oklahoma City, OK The Blue Door†
September 26 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre†
October 2 Stockholm, Sweden Nalen‡
October 3 Oslo, Norway John Dee‡
October 6 Berlin, Germany Postbahnhof‡
October 7 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso‡
October 9 Glasgow, U.K. Oran Mor‡
October 10 Manchester, U.K. Academy 2‡
October 11 Dublin, Ireland Whelan’s‡
October 13 London, U.K. O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire‡
October 17 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre#
October 19 Ozark, AR Harvest Festival
October 20 Northport, AL Kentuck Festival
*supporting Boz Scaggs
†with Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
‡supporting Kacey Musgraves
#supporting Holly Williams
We’re excited to announce that Old Crow Medicine Show was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry and will be formally inducted on Tuesday, September 17th.
They were taken by surprise last Friday night at The Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH when Grand Ole Opry member and country music icon Marty Stuart surprised them on stage and asked if they’d like to become the next members of the legendary establishment. Old Crow members answered with a resounding yes and hands in the air while the sold-out crowd responded with a standing ovation. Stuart and the band then combined forces on “We Don’t Grow Tobacco” before the band launched into their signature fan favorite “Wagon Wheel.” Here’s the video:
“From our humble beginnings on street corners to finding acclaim on stages worldwide, our eyes have always been on one prize in particular. More than anything else Old Crow Medicine Show has wanted to be a part of the Grand Ole Opry, “ said OCMS fiddler Ketch Secor. “To join the company of those brilliant, bright stars who first shot across Country Music’s most celestial stage— Roy Acuff, Deford Bailey, Uncle Dave Macon, Maybelle Carter, Sarah Cannon— is the finest company that any picker could ever hope to keep.”
We couldn’t be happier to welcome the newest addition to the ATO family, Midlake, whose new studio album Antiphon will be released on November 5th.
An antiphon is a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties. In the case of Denton, Texas’ favorite sons Midlake, it’s the perfect title for a bold response to a new phase in the band’s illustrious career, with a re-jigged line-up and a newly honed sound as rich and symphonic as it is dynamic and kaleidoscopic.
Anyone who knows Midlake’s preceding albums will recognize some constituent parts of Antiphon: the quirky psychedelia of 2004 debut Bamnan and Slivercork, the ‘70s soft-rock strains of breakthrough album The Trials Of Van Occupanther and the Brit-folk infusion of 2010’s The Courage Of Others. But their fourth album is another fascinating departure, but also a logical progression. The sound is simultaneously familiar and changed.
“It’s always through the scope of Midlake,” says vocalist/guitarist Eric Pulido, “but on Antiphon we wanted to embrace the psychedelia, style and nuance you might hear in bands from yesteryear while also being aware of music influences leading up to and present now. The result was less folk and more rock. Less nostalgic and more progressive. Now the sky’s the limit.”
This growth is down to the ambition and ability of Pulido (vocals, guitars, keyboards) Paul Alexander (bass, keyboards, bassoon, guitars, backing vocals), McKenzie Smith (drums, percussion) and Eric Nichelson (guitars, autoharp), plus Jesse Chandler (keyboards, piano, flute, backing vocals) and Joey McClellan (guitars, backing vocals) from Midlake’s last live incarnation. But it’s also down to the absence of Midlake’s former principal singer Tim Smith, who left the band in November 2012.
As Pulido explains, Midlake had finished touring in support of The Courage Of Others in November 2010. “We immediately returned to the studio, as we always did. With hindsight, that wasn’t a good thing to do.” The Courage Of Others had taken the best part of two years to make, and they found themselves struggling to achieve their aim. Midlake tried recording at the farm in Buffalo,Texas where they’d had success with The Courage Of Others, “but we knew something was missing,” Pulido recalls. The band took a break to play a few concerts, “to try out new songs and keep ourselves out there. One show was Bella Union’s 15th anniversary at the End of the Road Festival, which we didn’t realize would be our last with Tim.”
After some time back in Denton, Smith announced his departure. In the fall-out over the spoils of what had been recorded, the remaining members decided to start afresh, and wrote and recorded Antiphon in six harmonious months – bar ‘Vale’, which had been demoed without Smith during one of the sessions. With its ravishing, rippling textures symptomatic of Antiphon’s scale, ‘Vale’ showed how far they’d already come. The remaining nine tracks – the album is free-flowing in feel, concise in structure – confirm it’s very much Midlake, but uncannily rebooted, and relaxed.
The band had already validated their sublime instrumental mettle by backing John Grant on his award-winning 2010 solo debut Queen Of Denmark; now they had to step into new roles, collaborate on songwriting and have Pulido take over as frontman. He admits it wasn’t the easiest transition for any of the band but the experience was enormously freeing: “Antiphon is the most honest representation of the band as a whole, as opposed to one person’s vision that we were trying to facilitate.”
For example, ‘The Old And The Young’, a lighter, swinging version of the ‘new’ Midlake, has elements of “buoyancy” that Pulido says were long suppressed. “The chorus is catchy and has a lift, like we were releasing the dove! I love many genres of music - from Abba to Zappa, and I wanted to write in a way that wasn’t putting parameters around what it is we were creating. It was a more honest representation of who we really are.”
Internationally renowned gypsy punk rock group Gogol Bordello return with their sixth full-length album Pura Vida Conspiracy out now. 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.
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 TOUR DATES:
July 23, 2013 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
July 25, 2013 Floyd, VA FloydFest
July 26, 2013 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
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 5, 2013 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
August 7, 2013 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
August 8, 2013 – August 9, 2013 Seattle, WA Neptune
August 10, 2013 Squamish, BC Squamish Valley Music Festival
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
In close proximity to both an InnTown Suites and parking lot whiffle ball scrums there is Soil of the South music studio, tucked away unassumingly in the town of Valdosta, Georgia. Between meals of home cooked lasagna and restless nights on thin, spring-popped mattresses J. Roddy Walston & the Business was the first band ever to settle in there last March to record their new album. We are thrilled to announce Essential Tremors coming out on September 10th.
No stranger to the south, lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist J. Roddy Walston was brought up in the southern church hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee before relocating to Baltimore where he made the acquaintance of lead guitarist and vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist and vocalist Logan Davis and drummer Steve Colmus, now collectively known as The Business.
Essential Tremors, the band’s third release, is the most far-ranging and eclectic album in the band’s history. Their blend of classic rock & roll emphasized by rapturous hooks, riffs and rhythms, coupled with Motown flavor and funky charm brings out a pure Bacchanalian splendor. J. Roddy’s arresting voice and thumping piano playing travels directly from your eardrums to your bone marrow as he keens, croons and intones words and music that are at turns lunatic and mystic. Their relentless touring and trademark spirited live performances has helped J. Roddy Walston & The Business grow from a grass roots movement into a band with a loyal and expansive following.
Joined by born and bred Valdostan Mark Neill, the Grammy-winning producer and engineer of Black Keys’ Brothers and Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit), J. Roddy and co. manifested eleven immersive and relentless tracks that now comprise their third album Essential Tremors. From the explosive raw power of “Heavy Bells” to the hymnal reverberations of “Sweat Shock” to the contemplative, soulful call of “Boys Can Never Tell”, Essential Tremors demonstrates the band’s growth into becoming one of the forerunners in rock ‘n roll today.
1. Heavy Bells
3. Take It As It Comes
4. Black Light
5. Sweat Shock
6. Nobody Knows
7. Hard Times
8. Boys Can Never Tell
9. Same Days
10. Tear Jerk
11. Midnight Cry
Okkervil River just released a new video previewing the packaging of ‘The Silver Gymnasium,’ which comes with a central gatefold map drawn by William Schaff, depicting Will Sheff’s childhood town of Meriden, NH, circa 1986, where his parents worked as teachers for a boarding school. The video intertwines images from the map with mid-1980s photographs of Will as a child.
Sheff conceived the album as a tribute to the spirit of pre-adolescence, meant to evoke the nostalgic feeling of, in his words “an action figure you found in the woods.” The map is designed to look like one drawn from a child’s vision, and the printed version has a legend with numbers correlating specific places to each song on the album.
The pre-order is available in three bundles: ‘The Silver Gymnasium’ pre-order with a CD, cassette, or double LP, the ‘Silver Gymnasium’ t-shirt combo, featuring a t-shirt, a CD, cassette, or double LP, and ‘The Silver Gymnasium’ baseball t-short combo, featuring a CD, cassette, or double LP.
For a limited time all orders receive a free bonus disc featuring two non-album tracks.