On February 11, Hurray for the Riff Raff will release Small Town Heroes, its debut for ATO Records. The album finds frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra – who settled in New Orleans after leaving her native Bronx at age 17 – contemporizing the rich musical forms of the American South in the age of Trayvon Martin and Wendy Davis.
Produced by Segarra and engineered by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes), ‘Small Town Heroes’ features twelve new, original songs all written or co-written by Segarra, with support from a vivid cast of Crescent City musicians including her longtime right-hand-man on fiddle, Yosi Perlstein, keyboard player Casey McAllister, and two members of the Deslondes: Sam Doores on guitar and Dan Cutler on bass.
NPR has said that Hurray for the Riff Raff “sweeps across eras and genres with grace and grit,” never more so than on ‘Small Town Heroes.’ On the hedonist country lament “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)” Segarra sings to a forbidden love “I’ll feed you watermelon off the vine,” while on “The Body Electric” she exposes the misogyny of the traditional murder ballad, and warns “Delia’s gone, but I’m settling the score.”
Ultimately though, many of the songs embody that most magical and fated of American cities, New Orleans. Segarra bears witness to a wave of violence that struck the St. Roch neighborhood in “St. Roch Blues;” yearns for a night at BJ’s Bar in the Bywater in “Crash on the Highway;” and sings of her own Lower Ninth Ward home in “End of the Line.”
‘Small Town Heroes’ follows Hurray for the Riff Raff’s self-released 2012 album ‘Look Out Mama,’ which led to a performance at the Newport Folk Festival, and praise from Mojo, which compared Segarra to “a soulful, young Loretta Lynn,” and The New York Times which hailed the group as “part of the loosely cohered movement of younger musicians embracing and reframing American roots music, giving it a polish of currency but otherwise leaving its bones intact.”
Following two recent sold-out NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Mercury Lounge, Hurray for the Riff Raff plays dates with Amos Lee this month, including two nights at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and Shovels & Rope next year. On Valentine’s Day they will headline a special hometown album release show at One Eyed Jacks. On April 3, Hurray for the Riff Raff plays Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. See current dates below, with more to come.
‘Small Town Heroes’ Track Listing:
01. Blue Ridge Mountain
02. Crash on the Highway
03. Good Time Blues (An Outlaw’s Lament)
04. End of the Line
05. The New SF Bay Blues
06. The Body Electric
07. No One Else
08. St. Roch Blues
09. Levon’s Dream
10. I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)
11. Small Town Heroes
12. Forever Is Just a Day
Hurray for the Riff Raff Tour Dates:
* w/ Amos Lee
^ w/ Clear Plastic Masks
% w/ Shovels & Rope
11/12 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theatre *
11/13 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
11/14 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
11/15 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
11/16 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center *
2/14 – New Orleans @ One Eyed Jacks (Record Release Party) ^
2/21 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Mud & Water %
2/22 – Dallas, TX @ Trees %
2/23 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge %
2/25 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway Nightclub %
2/26 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom %
2/28 – Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Soundstage %
3/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse %
3/02 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm & Brews %
3/05 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle %
4/03 – New York, NY @ Lincoln Center “American Songbook”
4/26 – Indio, CA @ Stagecoach Festival
ATO Records has signed The Belle Brigade and will release the band’s new album, Just Because, in early 2014. Barbara and Ethan Gruska – the Los Angeles-based siblings who founded the band recorded the album with engineer/co-producer Shawn Everett. Bram Inscore and Blake Mills, who also performed on The Belle Brigade’s debut album, joined them in the studio and they once again enlisted the mastering talents of the legendary Bob Ludwig. See below for the track listing.
On Thursday, November 14, The Belle Brigade will debut songs from Just Because at the Mercury Lounge in New York City. The band’s self-titled debut (co-produced with Matthew Wilder) was hailed as one of the best albums of 2011 by PASTE. Ann Powers, writing for the Los Angeles Times, took note of the “memorable voices and considerable charisma within songs that gleam with hooks and pour over with earnest emotion” while Newsday praised the album’s “sun-kissed ’70s SoCal sound” and SPIN observed, “The brother and sister team from LA, bring beautiful harmonies to their quirky folk rock.”
The two gifted songwriters – who find inspiration in the works of Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, The Beach Boys, Sly Stone, Harry Nilsson, to name a few – penned 10 songs for Just Because, writing some together and others independently. The music is artfully arranged, with enticing melodies and pop harmonies, fueled by the interplay of driving rhythms between Barbara’s drums and Ethan’s guitars. Ethan has recorded as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist for many Los Angeles-based artists and Barbara is a sought-after drummer who has played with Fiona Apple, Jenny Lewis, Benji Hughes and many others.
Just Because – Track Listing
- When Everything Was What It Was
- Likely To Use Something
- Be Like Him
- Miss You In My Life
- How I See It
- Not The One
- Everything For A Stone
- Back Where You Began
Divided & United, a 32-song collection of period Civil War songs reinterpreted by Loretta Lynn, Ralph Stanley, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Shovels & Rope and many more, will celebrate it’s November 5th release on ATO Records with two live performance/Q&A events: The Grammy Museum in LA on Nov 7 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Nov 17.
Each event will include a panel discussion with producer Randall Poster and contributing artists along with live performances of songs from the album. Poster, best known for his music supervisor work with Wes Anderson, spent 2 years bringing this ambitious project to life in tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
November 7th – GRAMMY Museum – LA, CA
Performances by Lee Ann Womack, Chris Hillman and John Doe
Panel discussion with Randall Poster, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Hillman and John Doe
November 17th – Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – Nashville, TN
Performances by Lee Ann Womack, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan
Panel discussion with Randall Poster, Lee Ann Womack, Bryan Sutton
For more information on Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War, head over to the Wall St. Journal where they are currently featuring an in depth article on the album
Pre-order Antiphon from the band’s official pre-order and receive an early digital download of the album on Nov 1, an instant download of the title track, and be entered to win an autographed test pressing. Antiphon is also available for pre-order on iTunes.
NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” recently premiered the new track “Provider” from Midlake’s upcoming album Antiphon. NPR Music says “Each of Midlake’s full-lengths has had it’s own character, though they share an affinity for the ‘70s, when progressive rock and bold musical themes ruled. This album feels dreamy in a psychedelic way. But, like music from the classic band The Moody Blues, even the spacier moments still hold on to melody and structure”. Denton, Texas’ favorite sons will celebrate their first ATO Records release November 5.
The band will kick off new dates on November 5 at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA and will make stops in major markets including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chapel Hill, Atlanta and Nashville winding up with two dates opening for Pearl Jam in Dallas and Oklahoma.
The band recently revealed the artwork for the album. After the costumed antics of the band’s last two album covers, the color-saturated globe on Antiphon takes a different tack, and a broader picture outside of Midlake’s internal dynamic. “It conjures imagery of a celebratory fireworks display,” Pulido suggests “but it’s actually a diagram of an exclusive group of connected entities with disproportionate amounts of control over the global economy. It’s a beautiful way to show a darker side of things in the world.”
Recorded at their studio in Denton, the self produced Antiphon came together in six months and was mixed by Tony Hoffer (Belle and Sebastian, M83, Beck). According to Eric Pulido, “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.”
“It’s always through the scope of Midlake,” said Pulido of the new record, “but on Antiphonwe 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.”
MIDLAKE TOUR DATES
* with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
† with Pearl Jam
September 19 Los Angeles, CA The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood
September 20 San Francisco, CA America’s Cup Pavilion*
September 21 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
September 24/25 Denton, TX Dan’s Silverleaf
November 5 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
November 6 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
November 9 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
November 10 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
November 11 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
November 12 Atlanta, GA The Earl
November 13 Nashville, TN The End
November 15 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center †
November 16 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Center †
Earlier today, Noisey premiered the new video for J. Roddy Walston & The Business’ “Heavy Bells”From Noisey – “J. Roddy Walston & The Business give off a strong early Kings of Leon vibe, before that band discovered haircuts and musk and way before the infamous pigeon incident… you know, when they were actually pretty great. J.Rod & Co’s track “Heavy Bells,” which was given the video treatment above, is available on the new LP Essential Tremors out now. Directed, shot and edited by Matt Wignall with special effects by Mike Aho, make sure and check out this southern-fried ripper.”
In the off chance that you couldn’t understand the lyrics, here’s a lyric video to help clear things up
In celebration of their upcoming fall tour, Kopecky Family Band has released “We’ve Got It Covered,” a two-song collection of covers available for free download at NoiseTrade.com. Tracks include cover versions of “All You Do Is Talk” (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and “Tusk” (Fleetwood Mac). Kopecky Family Band also released a video for their Black Rebel Motorcyle Club cover with their recent USA Today On The Verge feature, which can be viewed here. The band will tour through December with The Mowgli’s, Said The Whale and Lissie.
Download “We’ve Got It Covered” here: http://bit.ly/16xq5ei
Funny Or Die Premiered J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten’s “Prisoners” Video from THE MUSIC IS YOU: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVER
“Prisoners” is from the critically acclaimed album The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver which Boston Herald calls “a standout for the guitar glory.” The album features covers of Denver’s most popular songs by a diverse group of artists including Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Train, Amos Lee, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Brandi Carlile & Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Josh Ritter and Barnstar!, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kathleen Edwards (produced by Jim James), Brett Dennen & Milow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Allen Stone, Blind Pilot, J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten and Evan Dando. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Wilderness Society in Denver’s name. Please see track listing below.
“Leaving on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket
“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews
“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards
“Prisoners” by J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train
“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show
“This Old Guitar” by Lucinda Williams
“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee
“Rocky Mountain High” by Allen Stone
“Annie’s Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow
“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile & Emmylou Harris
“The Eagle and The Hawk” by Blind Pilot
“I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter
“Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar!
“Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
It’s finally Fall, which means the temperature’s dropping, the leaves are changing color, and ATO has a new free sampler. Enjoy!
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1. Midlake – Antiphon
2. Okkervil River – Stay Young
3. J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Heavy Bells
4. Drive-By Truckers – Don’t Be In Love Around Me
5. Kopecky Family Band – Are You Listening
6. Old Crow Medicine Show – Dixieland Delight (Alabama Cover)
7. Rayland Baxter – Bad Things
8. Gogol Bordello – Lost Innocent World
9. Jim James – State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
10. Jonny Fritz – Goodbye Summer
11. Caitlin Rose – Waitin’
12. SOJA – She Still Loves Me (feat. Collie Buddz)
13. Stars – The Light
14. Alabama Shakes – You Ain’t Alone
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Last week was a big one for Old Crow Medicine Show, who won the Trailblazer Award at the Americana Music Awards and were also formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by members Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart. Among the award-winning group’s first performances in Nashville were on the sidewalks outside the Opry House in Summer 2000, playing for fans entering and exiting Opry performances. The band graduated to the Opry stage for its official Opry debut on Jan. 13, 2001, quickly became a fan favorite during dozens of Opry performances since, and was invited by Stuart to join the Opry on Aug. 16 in Cleveland, Ohio. Just before show time, the band reprised its Opry Plaza performances from more than a dozen years ago, walking outside the Opry House and playing tunes including “Brave Boys” and “Hesitation Blues” for surprised fans waiting outside for the evening’s Opry show.
On stage later in the night, Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher and Opry members Dierks Bentley and Stuart took the stage alongside Old Crow Medicine Show, presenting the group with its Opry member award. “Congratulations, Old Crow, on being a part of the coolest club there is,” Bentley said. Addressing the band, Stuart added, “You offer a whole new energy and love for country music in the 21st century.” Speaking on behalf of the group, Ketch Secor related that years ago members of the band asked themselves if they’d ever make it big in TV. Secor recalled having said, “I don’t know about TV, but we might make something of ourselves on radio.” Fast forwarding to tonight’s show, Secor concluded, “We’re standing out here on the most beloved broadcast anywhere on earth. I think we made it big on radio! … We the Old Crows are just so proud to be entrusted to carry on the traditions of the Grand Ole Opry’s good-natured riot.”
After tearing into the band’s signature “Wagon Wheel,” the group invited fellow Opry members Bentley, Stuart, Connie Smith, and the Del McCoury Band to join them on the standards “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “I Saw The Light.”“Old Crow has over the years become a favorite of Opry audiences and everyone backstage, as well,” said Fisher. “It’s fun for so many of us that in many ways Old Crow looks and sounds a lot like some of the great early Opry bands like Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys—bands which helped propel the Opry to national prominence. Tonight represents a great full circle, and as the great Jimmy Dickens says, ‘The circle can’t be broken.’” After the induction, the group added a plaque bearing its name to the Opry Member Gallery backstage at the Opry House.
Old Crow Medicine Show is scheduled to perform concerts on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at the Ryman Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 27 at 10:00 a.m.
Old Crow Medicine Show got its’ start busking on street corners in New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. The band eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of legendary folk icon Doc Watson who invited them to play at his Merlefest, helping to launch their career. Shortly after, the band relocated to Nashville for a residency at the Grand Ole Opry, where they entertained the crowd between shows. Fifteen years later, the band has toured the world, sold over 800,000 albums, and performed at renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. 2013 was a big year for Old Crow Medicine Show. The band along with Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, won the Grammy Award for “Best Long Form Music Video” for the film Big Easy Express which was shot as they toured from California to New Orleans on a vintage train, playing shows along the way. In May, the band’s classic single “Wagon Wheel” received the RIAA’s Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies. On their newest ATO Records release, Carry Me Back, Old Crow continues to craft classic American roots music while pushing themselves in new directions.
©2013 Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Chris Hollo
The third album from J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Essential Tremors borrows its name from a nervous-system disorder that’s long plagued the band’s frontman. “It’s this condition where my hands shake―sometimes not at all, but sometimes pretty bad,” says singer/pianist/guitarist Walston. “I’ve referenced it throughout all our records in some way, but it made sense to be more open about it on this album, which is partly about owning and embracing your weirdness instead of letting it hold you captive because you don’t even want to talk about it.
For J. Roddy Walston & The Business―who formed in 2002 in Walston’s hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee―embracing weirdness means a mumble-out-loud celebration of that great and terrible burden of being human. Forcing the oft-clashing worlds of art and rock-and-roll to make nice, the band (including guitarist/vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist/vocalist Logan Davis, and drummer Steve Colmus) deals in a scrappy yet sublime sound that honors both their Southern roots and punk spirit. On Essential Tremors, J. Roddy Walston & The Business builds off that formula with a mix of heavy hooks and elegant melodies revealing their affinity for artists as disparate as Led Zeppelin, pre-disco-era Bee Gees, The Replacements, Randy Newman, and the Southern soul outfits that once populated the Stax Records label.
Co-produced by Matt Wignall and Grammy-winning producer/engineer Mark Neill at Neill’s own Soil of the South Studios (a Valdosta, Georgia-based facility where J. Roddy Walston & The Business were the first to ever record), the follow-up to 2010’s much-acclaimed self-titled sophomore album also finds the band crafting lyrics that ultimately serve as a secret language to the initiated listener.
“It seems like most bands write for either the animal side of people or for the side that’s more in tune with the spirit or even just the psyche, but we tend to just smash all those things together,” says Walston. “It’s like we’re writing religious songs for the animal side. We’ve got songs that feel like party songs but if you look at it closer, it’s something more cerebral. So for the people who want to dig in and connect all the weird crosswires, the song can turn into something else.” And because J. Roddy Walston & The Business is practiced in the art of subversion, he adds, “these are songs you can get away with listening to around ‘the straights.’ The danger is in what lies behind the codes and the prose, and how gently they unravel once you’ve digested them.”
8/10/13-Davis, WV-Canaan Valley Resort
8/11/13-Wilmington, DE-World Café Live at the Queen
8/17/13- Portsmouth, NH- Redhook Ale Brewery
9/5/13-Cleveland, OH-Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
9/7/13-St Louis, MO-Loufest
9/9/13-Minneapolis, MN-7th Street Entry
9/10/13-Milwaukee, WI-Club Garibaldi’s
9/11/13-Madison, WI-High Noon Saloon
9/12/13-Chicago, IL-Double Door
9/14/13-Cincinnati, OH- PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
9.20/13- Baltimore, MD- Rams Head Live
9/24/13- Pittsburgh, PA- Club Cafe
9/25/13-Louisville, KY- Waterfront Park
9/28/13- Kansas City, MO- Czar Bar
9/30/13-Denver, CO- Hi-Dive
10/1/13- Salt Lake City, UT- The State Room
10/3/13- Portland, OR- Mississippi Studios
10/5/13- Vancouver, BC, Canada- Biltmore Cabaret
10/7/13- Seattle, WA- Tractor Tavern
10/10/13- San Francisco, CA- The Independent
10/11/13- Los Angeles, CA- Troubadour
10/12/12- San Luis Obispo, CA- SLO Brewing Company
10/13/13- San Diego, CA- Soda Bar
10/15/13- Phoenix, AZ- Crescent Ballroom
10/18/13- Austin, TX- Stubbs Jr.