11.12.2013 news

Hurray for the Riff Raff premiere “End of the Line”

Recently called one of the best live bands around by the Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard in Rolling Stone, Hurray for the Riff Raff just added new headlining shows to their 2014 tour, which kicks off with an APAP Showcase at NYC’s Highline Ballroom on Jan. 9 and dates with Shovels & Rope. Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new dates include two more shows in NYC (4/2 at Knitting Factory, 4/3 at Lincoln Center), plus shows in Philadelphia, DC, Boston, Seattle, and more (full schedule below).


Garden & Gun just premiered Hurray’s new song “End of the Line” and the album cover of their ATO Records debut ‘Small Town Heroes’ (out Feb 11), now available for preorder. The band’s pre-order includes pink vinyl, limited-edition prints of the album cover, and silkscreened valentines from Hurray’s Alynda Lee Segarra. Listen to “End of the Line” at Garden & Gun: http://gardenandgun.com//blog/premiere-hurray-riff-raff-end-line


The New Orleans group also announced they are confirmed to be featured in Episode 4 of the final season of HBO’s ‘Treme’, the third time their music will appear on the show.


“End of the Line” Live Video

Preorder ‘Small Town Heroes’ here:




Hurray for the Riff Raff Tour Dates:

* w/ Shovels & Rope

1/09 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom (APAP Showcase)

2/14 – New Orleans, LA @ 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 *

3/06 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *

3/07 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

3/08 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival

3/29 – New Orleans, LA @ Hogs For A Cause

4/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

4/03 – New York, NY @ Lincoln Center “American Songbook”

4/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ XPN Live @ Noon

4/05 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

4/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live

4/09 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

4/10 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

4/18 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

4/19 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater

4/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

4/26 – Indio, CA @ Stagecoach Festival

10.12.2013 news

Drive-By Truckers to Release “English Oceans” on March 4th. Pre-Order Now

English Oceans is now available for pre-order in DBT’s official store


We’re excited to announce that Drive-By Truckers will be releasing English Oceans on March 4, 2014.  Rolling Stone released the news exclusively today calling it a “return to simplicity.”

English Oceans, the band’s 12th release, is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. “It can go from this chainsaw rock ‘n’ roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff,” says Mike Cooley.


English Oceans was recorded over 13 days at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens, GA with their longtime producer, David Barbe. Cooley fans will be happy that he brought six new songs to the sessions and this record marks the first time that Cooley sings a song penned by Patterson Hood on “Til He’s Dead or Rises.”


In typical DBT fashion the songs depict an array of characters. “Pauline Hawkins,” is based on a new novel by Willy Vlautin. DBT’s ever-keen political edge can be seen in two songs on the record. Cooley’s “Made Up English Oceans” and Hood’s “The Part of Him.” “It’s about political assholery — there’s someone new playing that role every few months,” says Hood. “Grand Canyon,” the final song on the album, is an emotionally overwhelming tribute to Craig Lieske, a longtime member of DBT’s touring family. Lieske died suddenly in January and the album is dedicated to him.


The album was recorded with a compact, retooled lineup. Jay Gonzalez, who joined the band in 2008 as keyboardist, has added guitar to his duties, while bassist Matt Patton was drafted from the Tuscaloosa group The Dexateens. “It’s a very tasteful group, and when it needs to be it can be a very big, powerful, over-the-top band, too, and it can go from one to the other seamlessly,” says Hood.


English Oceans Track List

1. Shit Shots Count
2. When He’s Gone
3. Primer Coat
4. Pauline Hawkins
5. Made Up English Oceans
6. The Part of Him
7. Hearing Jimmy Loud
8. Til He’s Dead or Rising
9. Hanging On
10. Natural Light
11. When Walter Went Crazy
12. First Air of Autumn
13. Grand Canyon

10.12.2013 news

Alabama Shakes “Always Alright” Released As Digital Single

Congrats to Alabama Shakes on their Grammy Nomination.  ”Always Alright” (track from “Silver Lining Playbook” soundtrack) has been nominated for best rock performance.

Previously only available on the soundtrack, ATO has released the song as a digital single on all online outlets iTunes / Amazon / Spotify

10.12.2013 news

Mike Gordon to Release “Overstep” on Feb 25th, 2014

On February 25th, ATO will release Overstep, Phish bassist Mike Gordon’s fourth solo studio album.  On Overstep Gordon shared songwriting duties with guitarist and longtime collaborator Scott Murawski and handed over the producing reins for the first time in his solo career, enlisting Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies). He also invited a few new players into the studio, including legendary drummer Matt Chamberlain (Jon Brion, Fiona Apple).

The result is a diverse but tightly knit family of sturdy rock numbers that manages to sound grounded but sophisticated at the same time, and raw but carefully considered. Overstep’s opening track “Ether,” which begins as distant industrial noise that’s gradually replaced by lush guitars and welcoming vocal harmonies, serves as an invitation to the listener to set aside current preoccupations and come along for a 49-minute “reality check.” Gordon draws inspiration from an astonishing variety of sources, from the natural world to the emotional world to his often persistent visions. Like Gordon himself, the album is full of contradictions, juxtapositions, and surprises – which is exactly what his fans expect. Pre-order details will be announced shortly.

Stream “Ether,” the album’s opening track, at http://mike-gordon.com/audio/overstep-ether or below


MIKE GORDON – SPRING 2014 TOUR DATES (presale here)


2/28 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre
3/1 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
3/4 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
3/6 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
3/8 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
3/9 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
3/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
3/14 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
3/15 – Park City, UT @ Park City Live
3/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theatre
3/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/19 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
3/21 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
3/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rio Theatre
3/28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/5 – North Adams, MA @ MassMOCA
4/6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

03.12.2013 news
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KAISER CHIEFS Announce New Album Out April 1st. Pre-Order Now

Education, Education, Education & War is now available for pre-order.

We are very excited to welcome Kaiser Chiefs to the ATO family! Their new album Education, Education, Education & War is set for release on April 1st. It was recorded in Atlanta with producer Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter) and mixed last week at Electric Lady Studios by Michael Brauer (My Morning Jacket, Coldplay).


Album Trailer


Kaiser Chiefs will start the New Year with two exclusive UK shows at Gorilla in Manchester and the Scala in London ahead of a run of dates including Madrid, New York, Mexico City and Los Angeles. For more information and to purchase tickets for the February shows, visit http://www.kaiserchiefs.com/


Education, Education, Education & War Track Listing:

1. The Factory Gates

2. Coming Home

3. Misery Company

4. Ruffians On Parade

5. Meanwhile Up In Heaven

6. One More Last Song

7. My Life

8. Bows & Arrows

9. Cannons

10. Roses


Worldwide February 2014 Tour Dates

2/11       Manchester, UK @ Gorilla

2/13       London, UK @ The Scala

2/14       Madrid, Spain @ Sala Arena

2/15       Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz

2/19       Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

2/21       Guadalajara, Mexico @ Teatro Diana

2/22       Mexico City, Mexico @ Plaza Condesa

2/25       Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey



photo credit: Eoin McLoughlin

26.11.2013 news

Hurray for the Riff Raff Debut New Song from “Small Town Heroes”

Today, the Wall Street Journal debuted “I Know Its Wrong (But That’s Alright)” from Hurray for the Riff Raff’s upcoming studio album Small Town Heroes  stating, “She has a subtle, expressive voice that she wraps around songs that draw on the sounds and styles of the American South, and her lyrics often takes unconventional tack on traditional subjects.”  Small Town Heroes is out 2/11/14 on ATO.  Read the full article here.



Official Website



19.11.2013 news

Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang to Release “Four Foot Shack” on 2/4/14

Pre-Order now on iTunes or the Official Store

How “deconstructed” can a group get? How about just one vocal, one bass, one guitar, and a basic beat supplied by stomping on a mini-tambourine-doohickey? That’s exactly what everyone’s favorite storyteller/narrator, Les Claypool, is incorporating in his new band, Duo de Twang. While Les is still pulling double duty with the Primus lads, he has also found the time to unite with his old buddy, Bryan Kehoe, who fans will recognize from several past Claypool projects, and also as one of the main actors from Les’ hilarious jam band mockumentary, ‘Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo.’ But unlike Primus, DDT focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things – as heard throughout the band’s debut recording Four Foot Shack, to be released via ATO Records on February 4th.

 And as evidenced by DDT’s live shows and debut, Les and Bryan mostly mix traditional tunes, popular covers, and readings of Primus classics (all of which are usually barely recognizable when compared to the original versions). Case in point, the inclusion of “Battle of New Orleans,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Man in the Box,” “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver,” and “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” on DDT’s debut disc. “A lot of it is just stumbling across it,” explains Les about how a tune is selected to be twang-ified. “You’re twanging away, and then all of a sudden, something just comes out.  And then you laugh about it…or you don’t. And then you move on. There are tons of songs that we’ve stumbled across, and these ones just happened to be the ones that stuck.”

Stream “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver”


Upon hearing Four Foot Shack you’ll quickly discover that Les and Bryan made it a point to keep things as live-sounding as humanly possible. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background.  Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.”

Les added, “The Twang project is me exploring a lot of stuff that I personally listen to; Johnny Horton, Vernon Dalhart, Jerry Reed, Bob Wills, Eddy Cochran stuff like that – it’s another door for me to open. I’m doing this sort of Luther Perkins, Johnny Cash guitar-ish type part on my bass, by doing the old ding-dinka-ding, dinka-ding-dinka-ding on a lot of the stuff. It took me a little bit to get that. Now that I’ve gotten it, I can pull songs out of the air and it’s surprising how many songs easily succumb to the twang, and can be complimented by the twang. When all is said and done, it’s just a hell of a fun project for me right now. I’ll do it ’til it’s not fun anymore.”


  1. “Four Foot Shack” (Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang)
  2. “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” (Primus)
  3. “Amos Moses” (Jerry Reed)
  4. “Red State Girl” (Les Claypool)
  5. “The Bridge Came Tumblin’ Down” (Stompin’ Tom Connors)
  6. “Boonville Stomp” (Les Claypool)
  7. “Stayin’ Alive” (Bee Gees)
  8. “Rumble of the Diesel” (Les Claypool)
  9. “Pipe Line” (The Chantays)
  10. “Buzzards of Green Hill” (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  11. “Hendershot” (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  12. “Man in the Box” (Alice in Chains)
  13. “D’s Diner” (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  14. “Battle of New Orleans” (Johnny Horton)
  15. “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” (Primus)


Tour Dates

1/7 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues

1/8 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater

1/9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – FL Revolution

2/27 – New York, NY – The Heath at McKittrick Hotel

2/28 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater

3/1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair

3/3 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

3/4 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

3/6 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage

3/7 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre

3/8 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue

16.11.2013 news
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J. Roddy Walston & The Business Perform “Heavy Bells” on Letterman

J. Roddy Walston & The Business’ new album Essential Tremors is now available on iTunes / Amazon / ATO Store

15.11.2013 news
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Take A Tour of Midlake’s Hometown in “Off Main Street”

For their second episode, the new web based series, “Off Main St.” accompanied Midlake to Denton, Texas where they originally formed and recorded their newest album Antiphon. “Off Main St.” says, “This episode explores Midlake’s relationship with the setting where old town Americana and used record-slash-bookstores linger on. From the university where they picked up their jazz influences to the ‘commune’ where the guys first lived together—we travel to see what led Midlake to create their own musical history in Denton.”


Midlake’s new album Antiphon is out now.  Purchase on iTunes / Amazon / ATO Official Store

05.11.2013 news

“Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War” Out Now

Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War is on store shelves today.  The album features 32 takes on classic American Civil War era songs from prominent Bluegrass and Country artists as diverse as Dolly Parton, Old Crow Medicine Show, Loretta Lynn, Del McCoury, T Bone Burnett, and many more. The tremendous talents on ‘Divided & United’ span several generations and genres. Combined they have won close to 200 GRAMMY Awards, numerous Country Music Awards and include Rock And Roll Hall of Famers, Country Music Hall of Famers and Bluegrass Hall of Famers.


You can purchase Divided & United on CD, vinyl, or digitally here: iTunes/Amazon

ATO Records joined forces with music supervisor Randall Poster to help to help curate and assemble Divided & United. “These songs are rendered in such a direct way that you think, ‘I understand what it felt like to be alive a hundred and fifty years ago,’” says Poster. Best-known for his work with director Wes Anderson on acclaimed feature films such as Moonrise Kingdom and Rushmore, as well as the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and recent compilations like Rave On Buddy Holly, Poster sees this project as nothing less than an emotional snapshot of one of our country’s most important historical moments. “You feel it. It’s so vivid. When I put these collections together, I assemble them like I do a movie soundtrack and feel like I’m telling a story. On this record, you get a sense of, ‘Oh my goodness, here’s the story of the Civil War.’”

“Garden and Gun” is also streaming the album here


Track List

  1. Loretta Lynn – Take Your Gun and Go, John
  2. Del McCoury – Lorena
  3. Sam Amidon – Wildwood Flower
  4. Bryan Sutton – Hell’s Broke Loose in Georgia
  5. Ricky Skaggs – Two Soldiers
  6. Old Crow Medicine Show – Marching Through Georgia
  7. Vince Gill – Dear Old Flag
  8. Steve Earle and Dirk Powell – Just Before the Battle, Mother/Farewell, Mother
  9. Shovels & Rope – The Fall of Charleston
  10. John Doe – Tenting on the Old Campground
  11. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Day of Liberty
  12. Chris Thile & Michael Daves – Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel
  13. Chris Stapleton – Two Brothers
  14. Norman Blake, Nancy Blake and James Bryan – The Faded Coat of Blue
  15. Stuart Duncan feat. Dolly Parton – Listen to the Mockingbird
  16. Pokey LaFarge – Kingdom Come


  1. Jamey Johnson – Rebel Soldier
  2. Lee Ann Womack – The Legend of the Rebel Soldier
  3. Jorma Kaukonen – The Mermaid Song
  4. Karen Elson with the Secret Sisters – Dixie
  5. Ralph Stanley – The Vacant Chair
  6. Chris Hillman – Hard Times
  7. Taj Mahal – Down by the Riverside
  8. Noam Pikelny and David Grisman – Old Folks at Home/The Girl I Left Behind Me
  9. The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – Secesh
  10. T Bone Burnett – The Battle of Antietam
  11. Ashley Monroe feat. Aubrey Haynie – Pretty Saro
  12. Joe Henry – Aura Lee
  13. AA Bondy – Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
  14. Angel Snow – When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  15. Bryan Sutton – Battle Cry of Freedom
  16. Cowboy Jack Clement – Beautiful Dreamer



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