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Listen Up To Looking Into You - A Tribute to Jackson Browne!
Looking Into You, the first ever tribute album honoring Jackson Browne, features a mix of Browne's old friends, fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and younger admirers offering their own interpretations of 23 hits and album cuts from the songwriter's 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. Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne will be available on April 1 from Music Road Records.
The stream premiere for “Doctor My Eyes” on CMT Edge is now live and prominently featured on the homepage (screenshot below). The piece turned out great, plugs the album, includes album art, and says:
“Beautiful and sincere, the collection gathers A-list stars like Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett, as well as acolytes like the band Venice, who submit an exquisite version of “For a Dancer.” Other highlights include Keb Mo’s thoughtful “Rock Me on the Water” and the Indigo Girls’ heartfelt “Fountains of Sorrow.””
Hurray For The Riff Raff Soars Up The Chart
Hurray for the Riff Raff's Small Town Heroes
debuts at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart
and #2 on Alternative New Artist Chart. It's currently #23 on the Americana Music Chart. It's been called "already one of the best records of 2014" according to Esquire, NPR, On Point, Slate & CMT.
for more about Hurray For The Riff Raff
Rod Picott Hits the Road
Rod Picott's Hang Your Hopes on a Crooked Nail hit #25 on the Americana Music Chart! Check out the dates below and don't miss a show near you:
3/1 Champaign, IL Sandwich Life House Concert
3/2 Pomeroy, IA Byron's
3/18 Houston, TX Mucky Duck
3/19 Denton, TX Dan's Silverleaf
3/20 Austin, TX Cactus Cafe
3/21 San Antonio, TX Wolverton House Concert
3/22 Oklahoma City, OK Blue Door
3/23 Mar 24 Tulsa OK House Concerts Unlimited
CLICK HERE to check out his new video for "65 Falcon" on CMT Edge.
CLICK HERE for the feature in Country Standard Time.
CLICK HERE for more about Rod Picott
Jenni Finlay Promotions Day Party at SXSW 2014!
Join Jenni Finlay Promotions on Wednesday, March 12 at the outdoor stage of Threadgill's World Headquarters, from 12 noon -7 pm. The JFP Day Party schedule:
12 - Adam Carroll and Owen Temple
12:30 - Matt The Electrician
1 - Curtis McMurtry
1:30 - Jon Dee Graham
2 - Gurf Morlix
2:30 - Radney Foster
3 - Rod Picott
3:30 - Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay
4 - James McMurtry Band (45 minute set)
THEN DON'T MISS: Jenni Finlay Promotions and Catfish Concerts will present "The Songs of Kent Finlay"Wednesday, March 12, from 5-7pm. Several of the artists (many of whom started playing their songs at Kent Finlay's legendary Cheatham Street Warehouse) will share their favorite Kent Finlay songs and stories from the hallowed stage at Threadgill's World Headquarters. All proceeds benefit the Kent Finlay Medical Fund. Featured artists include: Rod Picott, Bruce Robison, James McMurtry, John Arthur Martinez, HalleyAnna, Owen Temple, Curtis McMurtry, William Clark Green, Joe Pug, Walt Wilkins, Shelley King, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay and many more. It will definitely go down as one of the must-see shows of the whole week.
Les Claypool's Duo De Twang
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. But unlike Primus, DDT focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side, as heard throughout the band's debut recording, Four Foot Shack.
“A rhythmic conglomeration of raw, old-country moonshine music…all through Claypool’s unique twang filter.”
”…needs to be heard to be believed” - ROLLING STONE
Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang On Tour
3/1 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
3/3 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
3/4 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/6 Kent, OH TheKent Stage
3/7 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
3/8 Indianapolis,IN The Vogue
3/9 St. Louis, MO Plush
3/11 Fayettesville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
3/12 through 3/14 Austin, TX SXSW
3/15 New Orleans, LA Howlin Wolf
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay on Troubadour, Texas
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay were recently featured on the popular television show Troubadour, Texas, along with Kris Kristofferson and Green River Ordinance. CLICK HERE for the trailer. Brennen and Noel are on the road this month. CLICK HERE for all tour dates and be sure to check out their LIVE SHOW when they appear in your neck of the woods.
CLICK HERE for more about Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay
Listen Up To Adam Carroll!
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.”
Drive-By Truckers - In Stores This Month
Drive-By Truckers' English Oceansis AVAILABLE MARCH 4! CLICK HERE to pre-order your copy today.
Don't miss it: Drive-By Truckers will appear on Conan next Thursday, March 6.
Known for their triumphant live shows, the current DBT lineup boasts a leaner and more powerful punch. Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood started DBT seventeen years ago and now the band features Brad Morgan on drums, Jay Gonzalez on keys and guitars and Matt Patton (from The Dexateens) on bass.
The first preview from the new record is “Pauline Hawkins.” Written by Hood, it was the last song written for the record and is based off a character from Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine)’s latest novel “The Free”.
DBT hit the road this month in support of the brand new album. Tickets for the tour and pre-orders for English Oceans are from the band’s website: http://drivebytruckers.com.
“The Truckers bring the might every night, blowing through stories of working class love and hell with heavy electric tornado of arena boogie, country-renegade rock and deep-blue Southern R&B.” – Rolling Stone
Wall Street Journal premiered Drive-By Truckers' new song "Made Up English Oceans" and an acoustic video of them performing the song live from the Lyric Theater in Birmingham, AL. CLICK HERE to check it out!
Jenni Finlay Writing a Book About Her Father
Jenni Finlay is currently writing a book about her father Kent Finlay with author Brian T. Atkinson. Watch for KENT FINLAY: DREAMER in 2015! CLICK HERE for a sneak peek.
Kent Finlay Medical Fund
Kent Finlay was recently diagnosed with a relapse of multiple myeloma (the bone marrow cancer that he had in 2003 http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/multiple-myeloma/DS00415). Thankfully, doctors caught it early and he's already undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Coming Soon - Old 97's
On April 29, Old 97's will release their new album and ATO debut, ‘Most Messed Up’ – a revealing, 12-track meditation on 20 years 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.
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, Randy Weeks, Owen Temple, Walt Wilkins, Kent Finlay, Will Sexton, Susan Gibson, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay and many more).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Check out the recent performance by KENT FINLAY!
“Catfish Concert is among the most intimate, friendly and inspired & 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
New Fan-Made Video of Wild Child
Wild Child is making a new music video to promote their upcoming spring tour and wants you onboard. The video will feature fan contributions from around the world. Take a picture, post it to social media with the hashtag #IMAWILDCHILD and it will be in the video. Be creative and get weird with it.
SUBMIT AT TUMBLR. PAGE HERE
Post to TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK – hashtag #IMAWILDCHILD
CLICK HERE for more about Wild Child
Jenni Finlay Now Managing James McMurtry
Jenni Finlay officially has signed on to manage James McMurtry as she expands her business Jenni Finlay Promotions. Stay tuned for more exciting news from JFP very soon!
Don't miss McMurtry at SXSW (and watch for his new album in fall 2014!):
March 10 (8:30 pm) - Strange Brew, Father & Son showcase
March 12 (11 am) - Guitartown/Conqueroo Kickoff, The Dogwood
March 12 (4 pm) - Threadgill’s, Jenni Finlay Promotion Showcase
March 12 (8:30 pm) - Saxon Pub, Hill Country Bar-B-Que Showcase (Official Showcase)
March 15 (3:30 pm) - Continental Club, Mojo Nixon’s Mayhem
Daren Hess and Jon Dee Graham Art Show - March 15
On Saturday, March 15, join Daren Hess (artist and McMurtry drummer) and Jon Dee Graham as they unveil their latest works of art at the Continental Club Gallery (upstairs from Austin's legendary Continental Club). Hess will present his acryllic paintings on canvas of Walter Salas, Humara, Jon Dee Graham, Ian McLagan, Susan Voels, Chuck Prophet, James McMurtry, Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Johnson, Dan Stuart, Ron Rogers, Carey Bowman and more! Jon Dee will present his iconic hand-drawn bears navigating several of life's harrowing situations. The night will be filled with art and music (by many of Hess' subjects). Don't miss it!
Jenni Finlay Promotions at Folk Alliance
In case you missed it, check out these incredible pictures taken in Kansas City at the 26th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference HERE (all photos by Brian T. Atkinson).
photo by Brian T. Atkinson