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Listen Up To Radney Foster!
Keep an eye out for Radney Foster's excellent Everything I Should Have Said, the legendary Texas-born songwriter's first album of all new material since 2009's Revival, on May 13 via his own Devil's River Records .
A new sonic approach is clear right from the first track, “Whose Heart You Wreck (Ode To The Muse.” “The song is about the crazy struggle of inspiration and we recorded it using a bunch of found objects. The drum kit was made up of trashcans, a piece of angle iron and a big gear plate. There were a lot of Tom Waits-style atmospherics going on behind me, but I was playing a straight-up, double-thumb style guitar blues, almost like Doc Watson would have done.” Listen and imagine the floor-creaking business that once took place upstairs.
Co-producer Justin Tocket encouraged Radney to dig deep and the recordings created magic—fun, loose and lasting late into the night. Foster and Tocket intentionally didn't over polish, instead leaving all the sweat and tears on the tracks. Clear evidence: The album’s closing title track, “Everything I Should Have Said,” which Foster calls the emotional centerpiece of the record. The song and performance are breathtakingly intimate, a weary and wounded heart cracked open wide.
The elder statesman of Texas singer-songwriters has been a friend and mentor to several young artists and results speak for themselves. Foster's written songs and produced albums for Randy Rogers, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott, Pat Green, Cory Morrow and many others. His songs are regularly mined by superstar acts like Keith Urban (“Raining on Sunday,” “I’m In”), Sara Evans (“Real Fine Place,” “Revival”) and the Dixie Chicks (“Godspeed”).
Foster grew up in parallel worlds – one herding cattle on horseback at his grandfather’s East Texas ranch in the summers and the other hunkered over a transistor radio in West Texas hometown, listening to border radio. “My house in Del Rio was a mile from Mexico, so I heard everything growing up – from country to conjunto.” That hybrid of influences may be why Foster’s always been tough to categorize; his first success was with the seminal country/cowpunk duo Foster & Lloyd, whose first single, “Crazy Over You” went straight to No. 1. His subsequent solo albums told tales through a honky tonk lens and yielded enduring hits “Just Call Me Lonesome” and “Nobody Wins" from his seminal high watermark Del Rio, TX 1959.
Foster has continuously stretched the boundaries throughout his 30 year career,. “I strive to challenge myself as a writer, a musician and a singer everyday.” As his voice has deepened and grown richer, so has his focus. Indeed, these are songs showcasing a fully confident man who long ago left fear by the side of the road.
Catch Radney Foster LIVE in San Antonio on April 4 as he joins forces with Randy Rogers and Charlie Robison to raise money for the John R. Foster scholarship to provide need-based scholarships to children in the San Antonio area.
CLICK HERE for more about Radney Foster
Jackson Brown Tribute Available NOW
Looking Into You - A Tribute to Jackson Browne is AVAILABLE NOW! CLICK HERE to purchase your copy.
Looking Into You, the first ever tribute album honoring the singular Southern California songwriter, features a mix of Browne's old friends, his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and younger admirers offering their own interpretations of 23 hits and album cuts from his extensive catalog. Among those who lent their talents to this double-disc set are Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa, Don Henley with Blind Pilot, Bonnie Raitt & David Lindley, Lyle Lovett (twice!), Lucinda Williams, Keb' Mo', Ben Harper and so many more.
USA Today raves: "Don Henley, Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt are just a few of the artists contributing tracks to Looking Into You...the brainchild of Texas energy executive Kelcy Warren, who asked [producer Tamara] Saviano to guide the project...The album features several of Browne's friends from the California rock scene of the '70s — Henley, Raitt, Karla Bonoff and the band Venice. But it also features singer-songwriters Lucinda Williams, Bruce Hornsby and Marc Cohn, who cut 'Too Many Angels' with Joan as Police Woman. Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa contributed a version of Linda Paloma, a song that appeared on 1976's The Pretender." CLICK HERE to read the full piece.
CLICK HERE for more about Looking into You
Rod Picott Song on FX's "Justified"
In case you missed it, Rod Picott's "Trouble Girl" (off his stellar 2007 album Summerbirds) was featured in FX's "Justified" last week. Check it out HERE!
Even better: Picott's stunning new Hang Your Hopes on a Crooked Nail recently reached#22 on the Americana Music Chart! Not one to rest on his laurels, Rod hits the road again this month, continuing his "Circus of Heartbreak and Misery" tour. Check out the dates below and don't miss a show near you:
4/11 Portland ME One Longfellow Square
4/12 Cambridge MA Atwood's Tavern
4/13 Stonybrook NY University Cafe
4/15 Ashland VA Ashland Coffee & Tea
4/17 Arlington VA Iota
4/18 Lakewood NJ Strand Theatre
4/19 Rahway NJ The Loft
4/23 Buffalo NY Sportman's Tavern
CLICK HERE for more about Rod Picott
Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans
Drive-By Truckers' English Oceans is avaialable for purchase worldwide! Get your hands on it HERE! DBT has brand new videos for "English Oceans" and "Part Of Him." Check them out HERE!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Check out DBT's recent performance on Conan HERE
Drive-By Truckers had their highest Billboard Chart debut to date at #16 with their new album English Oceans! It is currently #16 on the Americana Music Chart, #2 Independent Current Albums and #4 Current Rock albums! Check out what folks are saying about this exciting new release:
“The finest return recharged, and with a brilliant, balanced blast of rock’n’roll.” – UNCUT (9/10)
“Smart set of rockers.” – ROLLING STONE (3.5 Star Review)
“Came out firing hot, the batch of lean rock songs presented in their visceral, unadorned rawness” – PASTE (8.2)
“A true comeback. The south will never spawn a better songwriting band.” – ROBERT CHRISTGAU, NPR
“It’s a strong kick off to the rawest rocking Truckers album since their early days.” – ASSOCIATED PRESS
“English Oceans is a triumph for the Drive-By Truckers, one that capitalizes on Hood and Cooley’s strengths as songwriters and also gives them something to sing for that means more than all those colorful characters put together.” – PASTE
CLICK HERE for more about the Drive-By Truckers
Jenni Now Managing James McMurtry and Jon Dee Graham
Jenni Finlay Promotions Expands
Jenni Finlay has officially launched the expanded Jenni Finlay Promotions, which offers artist management and marketing services as well as radio promotion. Her first big step forward: Jenni has become James McMurtry's manager after a decade as his radio promoter. “For the past 10 years, I've been fortunate enough to work with the best of the best in Americana music, truly the cream of the crop of the world's singer-songwriters," she says. "Now, with the expansion of Jenni Finlay Promotions, I hope to further shine the light on all we are and can be.”
“Jenni's used her natural intelligence and charm and titanium work ethic to reach a coveted level of success while retaining her integrity,” longtime client Noel McKay says. "She continues to work her ass off and the success of her artists is the proof." McMurtry – Finlay’s first client as a radio promoter and now the first she's signed on to manage – doubles down. “At this point, there wouldn’t be much of a James McMurtry business were it not for Jenni Finlay Promotions," the iconic songwriter says. "Jenni is now poised to take over the world.”
Finlay humbly accepts the praise. “I'm honored to have the opportunity to promote the amazing artists and music I love,” she says. “I love this family of devout music business folks, dedicated radio personalities, and supportive music-loving fans. They all inspire me each and every day. I'm so grateful to everything and everyone who has gotten me to where I am today and I can't wait to see what's next.”
Hurray for the Riff Raff Hits the Road
THIS JUST IN:
Hurray For The Riff Raff will appear on CONAN on April 29 and LETTERMAN on June 23!
Check out the dates below for an amazing LIVE show near you:
4/2 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
4/3 New York, NY Lincoln Center American Songbook
4/5 Boston, MA The Sinclair
4/8 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
4/9 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
4/28 Los Angeles, CA Grammy Museum
for more about Hurray for the Riff Raff
See You At The Next Catfish Concert
Jenni Finlay Promotions and Brian T. Atkinson
have teamed up to present the Austin house concert series Catfish Concerts. Catfish Concerts features intimate solo/acoustic performances by some of the top artists of Americana (including David Olney, Mando Saenz, J.T. Van Zandt, Randy Weeks, Owen Temple, Walt Wilkins, Will Sexton, Tim Easton, Susan Gibson, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay and many more).
Join us Sunday, April 27 for an incredible performance by S usan Gibson
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Check out our incredible 1 year anniversary party (featuring Owen Temple, Adam Carroll, Will Sexton, Tim Easton, J.T. Van Zandt) HERE
“Catfish Concerts is among the most intimate, friendly and inspired and inspirational house concerts in the country and most likely the world. It's like hanging out with your favorite folks in a treehouse, built by your favorite uncle, the one who paints and writes poems all day. I’ll tell you what I think Catfish is: a genuine piece of heaven that you can touch with your hands, while you drink good local beer & listen to great songs. Thank you, Jenni and Brian, for creating such a space and event.” – Walt Wilkins
“The cool thing about Catfish Concerts is that it really has the feel of when I was a kid in South Austin, except you guys are way too calm and take it way to seriously.” – John Townes Van Zandt II
Listen Up to Old 97's!
On April 27, the Old 97′s will release their new album and ATO debut, Most Messed Up – a revealing, 12-track meditation on two decades in music that finds them at their raucous, boozy best. It’s “a rock opera, a way-off Broadway musical about a musician’s life, loves and lubrication,” says music critic Bill Flanagan. Recorded in Austin and produced by Salim Nourallah, Most Messed Up also features guest appearances by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap-steel.
Titles like “Wasted,” “Intervention,” “Wheels Off,” “Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On” and the title track hint at the trademark narrators frontman Rhett Miller likes to inhabit – men with appetites for indulgence who won’t let bad decisions prevent a good story. The magic in Miller’s songwriting lies in the depth that he lends his characters. Upon closer inspection, the hard partying and endless pursuit of a good time often reveals itself to be a Band-Aid covering up deeper wounds and emotional scars. “There’s a lot of darkness hidden in this record,” Miller explains.
The Old 97′s emerged from Dallas 20 years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy. Most Messed Up
follows their recent two-volume set, The Grand Theatre
, which found the band as “lifers writing for keeps,” according to Rolling Stone, and their 2013 EP featuring Waylon Jennings, Old 97′s & Waylon Jennings
for more about Old 97's
Adam Carroll In Stores Now!
Adam Carroll's Let It Choose You
is AVAILABLE NOW! CLICK HERE
to purchase your copy today.
Adam Carroll sketches characters with a novelist’s style (“Bernadine”) and an alchemist’s precision (“Rough Side Accordion”). Proof: Let It Choose You. The celebrated songwriter’s seamless new collection doubles down on literate high watermarks past (2005’s Far Away Blues, 2008’s Old Town Rock and Roll) with a dozen vivid vignettes straight from the vibrant Gulf Coast region.
Unforgettable dreamscapes frame the journey (“My Little Runaway,” “Tears in My Gumbo”). “Cajun and Zydeco might be historical music, but I think it’s alive and well down there,” Carroll says. “You have to go to it and experience the culture to really understand it. You can’t get it online. I took that trip and I now want to take everyone with me.” His key discovery: The accordion. Carroll, who had never played before picking one up on a trip through Eunice, Louisiana, made a fast study.
Carroll writes tight and timeless prose throughout the album. “It's artisanal songwriting,” Slaid Cleaves says. “Never gonna be sold at Walmart, but it'll remind the fortunate few who stumble upon this scrappy, mom and pop store full of fast-disappearing, weird Americana, that great songwriting can connect you to your neighbors, your fellow humans, even your own jaded heart.”
for more about Adam Carroll
Coming Soon - Jess Klein
Jess Klein’s long-awaited new album Learning Faith is almost here. In it, Jess explores her roots in the blues and the music she grew up with. In Jess’s words it’s her most “edgy and brutal” album to date.
Covering themes of the hardships of youth, the search for self, redemption and a new focus on women’s politics, Klein weaves her charm, hitting the sweet spot every time, making the experience an absolutely engaging listen.
“I pulled no punches on this new album and was inspired by genuine love for this world.”
Produced by Professor Feathers and featuring the guitar work of wunderkind Billy Masters along with Rob Hooper and JP Keenon on drums, the album digs deeper and deeper, showcasing Klein’s ability to get to the bottom of things, and compelling you to accompany her on the journey.
Available May 20, for a limited time, CLICK HERE to get your FREE MP3 sneak peek!
CLICK HERE for more about Jess Klein
Wild Child On Tour
Wild Child hits the road this month. Catch them when they're in your neck of the woods:
4/2 Dallas, TX House Of Blues Cambridge Room (w/ Robert Ellis)
4/3 Houston, TX Warehouse Live (w/ Robert Ellis)
4/4 Austin, TX Emo's (w/ Robert Ellis)
4/5 New Orleans, LA Crawfest
4/6 Asheville, NC Mill Room
4/8 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brendas
4/9 South Burlington, VT Higher Grounds
4/10 Cambridge, MA Sinclair
4/11 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
4/12 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
4/16 Charlotte, NC Evening Muse
4/17 Atlanta, GA Vinyl
4/18 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree Cafe
CLICK HERE for more about Wild Child
SXSW - In Case You Missed It
Thank you all for making this SXSW the best that it could be. Between the unveiling of the James McMurtry/Lagunitas billboard, the JFP Day Party and benefit tribute to Dad at Threadgill's World Headquarters and the unforgettable Catfish Concerts anniversary party, I am incredibly grateful for all of the stories, laughs, performances, support and friendship. I really enjoyed our time together and hope you had a good and productive week of music!
I know for many of us, it was a blur, but here are some photo highlights:
See you next year! xo Jenni