Thursday, January 28, 2016

Coldplay reveals initial US stadium dates in advance of Super Bowl 50

Coldplay announced the first U.S. shows of this year’s A Head Full Of Dreams Tour.

This is the band’s first world tour since the 2011/12 Mylo Xyloto Tour, which was seen by more than three million people on five continents. The Live Nation produced tour kicks off on July 16 at New York City’s MetLife Stadium. The complete list of shows is below.
Saturday, July 16                    NEW YORK, NY MetLife Stadium
Saturday, July 23                    CHICAGO, IL Soldier Field
Saturday, July 30                    BOSTON, MA Gillette Stadium
Saturday, August 6                 PHILADELPHIA, PA Lincoln Financial Field
Saturday, August 20               LOS ANGELES, CA Rose Bowl
Saturday, August 27               DALLAS, TX AT&T Stadium
Saturday, September 3          SAN FRANCISCO, CA Levi's Stadium
Citi is the official credit card of the A Head Full of Dreams North American Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Jan. 29 at 10 AM through Citi’s Private Pass Program.

For complete presale details visit General tickets will be available beginning Feb. 5 at 10 AM local time at
A Head Full Of Dreams is Coldplay’s seventh album and the follow-up to 2014’s Ghost Stories. Since its December 2015 release, A Head Full Of Dreams has reached Number One on iTunes in more than 90 countries and sold over three million copies. It has also helped Coldplay to their current position as Spotify’s most-streamed band in the world.
Says Coldplay’s Chris Martin, A Head Full Of Dreams was written as a record to be performed live. We are beyond excited to play these shows across the U.S.”
Coldplay will headline the “Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show” in Santa Clara, California on Feb. 7. On the Jan. 31 episode of “CBS Sunday Morning,” Anthony Mason will interview Chris Martin about the band’s preparations for this prestigious event.
It has also been announced that Martin will be the next passenger in James Corden’s car in a road-trip themed installment of “Carpool Karaoke” from CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” which will air the week of Feb. 1.
For more information - and the full list of upcoming live dates - please visit

John Fogerty adds more dates to Vegas residency

Legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist John Fogerty returns to the theatre at The Venetian  Las Vegas for an encore residency this fall.

"It was the greatest rockin' Las Vegas at The Venetian,” remarked Fogerty. “I am overwhelmed and so grateful at the response we have had that we are going to bring my show, Fortunate Son in Concert, back in September! Come join us next fall to shake things up rock 'n' roll style."

He just sold out eight shows there and returns for another residency Sept. 14–Oct. 1, 2016. Tickets for Fortunate Son in Concert, produced and directed by Ken Ehrlich, Raj Kapoor and Julie Fogerty in association with AEG Live, go on sale Feb. 5.

Attendees will enjoy performances of iconic Creedence Clearwater Revival classics including “Fortunate Son,” “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” and “Up Around The Bend” as well as solo hits such as “Centerfield, “Mystic Highway” and many more.

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Fogerty is hailed as one of the most influential musicians in rock history. Fogerty wrote, sang and produced numerous classic hits including “Born on the Bayou,” “Green River,” “Proud Mary” and “Bad Moon Rising,” which lead him to be named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists (No. 40), 100 Greatest Songwriters (No. 40) and 100 Greatest Singers (No. 72) by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Earning induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, he now adds author to his long list of accomplishments with his memoir Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music released last fall. The autobiographical account takes readers through the highs and lows of Fogerty’s life and musical career as a member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a solo artist.

Tickets start at $59.50 (plus applicable fees) and go on sale Friday, February 5 at 10 a.m. PDT at any Venetian or Palazzo Box Office, online at or by calling (702) 414-9000 or (866) 641-7469.

The NAMM Show 2016: A final report

photo by George A. Paul
Each January, music industry professionals from around the world descend upon the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California for the winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show.
Among the biggest trade shows in America, it features displays of all the latest music gear and technological advancements, performances by rising and established performers, fan signings, seminars, demonstrations, retail instrument sales deals and much more. 

Held Jan. 21-24, The NAMM Show drew a record-setting 1,700 exhibitors and 101,000 registrants (16,000 came from 125 different countries) over the course of the event. There’s such a wide variety of things to see and do that it’s impossible to do everything. Here is a rundown of what I experienced.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Many past NAMM attendees can attest that the initial daily Breakfast of Champions Session at the Hilton Anaheim is a must see because it usually includes top name musicians live or in conversation with NAMM President/CEO Joe Lamond. The Day 1 agenda, featuring Graham Nash, St. Vincent and Jake Shimabukuro, was no exception.

First up was Shimabukuro, the acclaimed ukulele player known for his studio work with Alan Parsons, Ziggy Marley, Bela Fleck and as a frequent tour mate with Jimmy Buffett.

Accompanied by bassist Nolan Verner, Shimabukuro’s four-song set started with the title track to last year’s “Travels” CD. Using a mahogany Kamaka tenor uke, the gorgeous tune started calmly before he got into some intense strumming. A cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” saw the Hawaiian musician progressing from a light to vigorous touch and having fun.

The popular take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – which made Shimabukuro a YouTube sensation in ’06 – was a wonder to behold. The audience applauded halfway through and the pair concluded with an intense jam.    

Joining Lamond for a brief chat, Shimabukuro discussed his career and charity endeavors. Citing the benefits of the ukulele, he said it’s tiny, affordable, very easy to play and fits with the modern lifestyle. “If you want to hike a trail, you can take it with you. I hear stories about how people started playing and it changed their lives.”

Of his involvement with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Shimabukuro said, “my heart is totally in music education…music and the arts are like P.E. for the mind.” The musician also noted that playing an instrument can help deter kids from drugs and joining gangs.
Annie Clark AKA St. Vincent talked with Lamond about her new signature Ernie Ball Music Man electric guitar. “I put all of my 20 years’ experience into it. I always looked at the guitar as a noise generator and explored ways to use it as a full palate…This is an equal opportunity ergonomic guitar. I’m a small person, so it needed to be light. I’m a fan of (early ‘80s New Wave artist) Klaus Nomi and angular shapes. I wanted it to have tone flexibility and a super-friendly neck to not discourage learning."

She recounted her time growing up in Dallas and joining The Polyphonic Spree and collaborating with Sufjan Stevens before branching off to go solo. When asked about inspirations, Clark cited Nirvana and David Bowie.
photo by George A. Paul
Graham Nash, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee for The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash, received the Music for Life Award at NAMM and headlined Thursday night’s free outdoor concert on the plaza.

Nash put out a memoir (“Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life”) in 2013 and is set to release his first solo album in 14 years (“This Path Tonight”) on April 15 via Blue Castle Records.

With Lamond, the legendary singer/songwriter reminisced about forming The Hollies with childhood friend Alan Clark and moving to California, where he hooked up with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. “When I first heard us sing together in Joni Mitchell’s living room, I knew what we had together in one minute: that vocal sound.” Other topics Nash touched upon were...

Collaborations: “One simple thing. Music is the most important thing in (CSN’s) relationship. It’s the essence of what we do…if you show me your best, I’ll bring it every day.”

Early days recording at Abbey Road Studios with The Hollies: “You couldn’t touch the equipment, but once you sold millions, you suddenly had the power…my first
recording experience was on mono 2-track.”

Playing Woodstock with Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young): “A lot of people don’t know that was only our second gig in front of people. And we had the balls to have Joni open for us.”

Making music: “No amount of technology can make a bad song a good one.”

Life and philosophy: “I was fortunate enough to have my parents’ encouragement at a time when people said rock ‘n’ roll wouldn’t last…I’m exactly the same as you. I’m grateful to be a citizen of this country.”
Inside the convention center, I caught the TEC Tracks Sessions keynote with Eddie Kramer.

The legendary producer/engineer/mixer did a frequently humorous audio-visual presentation. It included rare black and white photos from Kramer’s archives about major recordings that he worked on during the 1960s and ‘70s (Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, KISS, Frank Zappa).

Kramer relayed how he started as a tea boy in a British studio and worked in Pye Studios in 1963, recording The Kinks and Sammy Davis Jr. Moving on to Olympic Sound Studio was the “beginning of huge innovation and breaking new ground. Being independent let us be adventurous.”

There were plenty of fascinating stories from Kramer.

He recalled how Hendrix performed “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” live after getting an advance copy. Members of The Beatles were in the audience and reportedly were so blown away that they went back into the studio and redid the guitars. While doing the Fab Four’s “All You Need is Love” single, John Lennon played acoustic guitar in the control room and Kramer had to find a way to properly record him there.

For Led Zep’s “Whole Lotta Love,” they cranked the reverb up and left mistakes in. During “Black Country Woman” (recorded outside of Mick Jagger’s estate with a mobile studio), the sound of an approaching plane was left in.

“We’re so obsessed with ProTools and cleanliness. Just let the music flow.”

Among Kramer’s current projects is building a studio inside Toronto’s famed El Mocambo nightclub and his Tesla-inspired signature F-pedals, wirelessly powered through induction.

Out in The Arena section of the main convention center floor, Jim Scott was interviewed for the Working Class Audio Podcast.

The Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer/mixer - whose credits include Wilco, Crowded House, Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Sting and Jack’s Mannequin – described having to work his way up from the bottom at The Record Plant at 28 after leaving his career as an engineering geologist. The advent of MTV and demand for videos led to experience recording and filming concerts for broadcast.

Being hired for The Police concert film “Synchronicity” resulted in high profile jobs like assisting Daniel Lanois on Robbie Robertson’s self-titled CD. Scott said his work ethic revolves around “being intelligent and doing a good job…I try to say ‘yes’ to everything.

“I’m a good sense organization. I know how to get a record across the finish line.”

After 30+ years in the business, Scott said “I keep working because I love it. Some artists are picky, but your job is to keep them on task.

“It’s the best job in the world and I’m good at it. I don’t want to retire.”

Friday, Jan. 22

photo by George A. Paul
Downstairs in the convention center’s Music Metro Hall E, Southern California-based rock band Groove Session performed at the Funguy Mojo Box Guitars booth.

They used the retro-looking rectangular instruments during a tasty acoustic set. It featured selections from 2015’s “California Hurricane,” including the laid back title track, a bluesy jam bolstered by Sarven’s Manguiat’s slide guitar and the funky, Ben Harper-esque “Hold it Together.”

The Inland Empire Music Award-winning trio drew a good sized crowd and received an enthusiastic reaction – no easy feat. Acclaimed soul pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph even turned up to jam with them. 

Heading upstairs to the ESP Guitars room, John Jorgenson and Brad Davis did a 35-minute set. The former (pictured below) is best known for high profile stints with Desert Rose Band, Elton John and The Hellecasters and a Grammy-winning leader among gypsy jazz guitarists.
photo by George A. Paul
The latter guitarist has worked with Marty Stuart and Warren Zevon, had a song recorded by Tim McGraw and is widely known for his flatpicking technique.
They have recorded together and toured with Earl Scruggs, so there was a friendly rapport while playing Americana and gypsy jazz-leaning songs on Takamine acoustic guitars.
Standouts included two songs off Jorgenson’s 2015 box set “Divertuoso” - “Feather” and “Travelin’ Angels” – which finely displayed his fast-fingered fretwork and breezy folk style.
Just two weeks after the passing of David Bowie, some fans at NAMM were drawn to see 
Mike Garson, who did several demonstrations on grand piano in conjunction with Ilio's Synthogy Ivory II Grand Piano virtual instrument. 

photo by George A. Paul
The acclaimed keyboardist played on more than a dozen Bowie album from 1973-2010, ranging from "Aladdin Sane" and "Young Americans" to "Earthling" and "Reality," as well as with Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails. 

Without any fanfare late Friday afternoon, he quietly sat down at the piano and proceeded to do a half hour instrumental jazz set with a standup bassist and trumpeter. Unfortunately, for Bowie enthusiasts, Garson didn't play any of his longtime employer's songs.
Yamaha always dazzles with its special show for instrument dealers and invited guests. This year’s New Product Happening was held at the Marriott. Everything kicked off with Caroline Campbell showing off her deft classical and rock skills using the Yamaha electric violin. Backed by a full band led by bassist Nathan East, she did some spirited playing on a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” that went down a storm.

Next up was Jon McLaughlin (pictured below). The Indiana singer/songwriter has recorded with Sara Bareilles, Demi Lovato and Jason Mraz, heard in movies, TV and Disney’s California Adventure, performed at the Academy Awards and notched two top 40 adult rock hits.
photo by Shalon Goss
He did two songs on piano from his latest album “Like Us.” The dramatic, yearning of “Down in History” was compelling, while the effusive, tongue-in-cheek “Don’t Mess with My Girl” arrived with McLaughlin's lighthearted boxing-themed music video in the background.  

Veteran smooth jazz keyboardist Bob James appeared via a video to play alongside the live band.
Following a quick clip introducing RevStar (Yamaha’s first new electric guitar model in a decade), Nashville’s Apollo Ltd. impressed mightily with “March On,” a tune from their debut EP that brought to mind OneRepublic.
Another song found the alt-dance duo deftly interpolating ELO’s “Evil Woman” in soulful fashion with the backing band’s female singers. They played with plenty of spirit and are definitely ones to watch. 
Saturday, Jan. 23 
The Grand Rally for Music Education, held at the Hilton, opened with music from the Canadian Brass. Incorporating humor into their introductions and performance, the veteran Grammy and Juno Award-winning music ensemble did Bach’s “Fugue in G minor” and really got the crowd excited with a cover of The Beatles’ “Penny Lane.”

photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM
Weird Al Yankovic was interviewed by NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen. A longtime advocate for music education, Yankovic talked about how starting accordion lessons at 7 was hard, but it got him to stand out. “I wanted to rock,” he said. “Playing accordion warped me, but Mad Magazine finished the job.”

Citing Sixties comedy singer/producer Allan Sherman as an early influence, Yankovic “thought I could do something similar.” While doing a radio show at his San Luis Obispo, Calif. college, he recorded a parody of The Knack’s “My Sharona” called "My Bologna" and submitted a tape to KMET FM/LA deejay Dr. Demento. The song immediately became popular.

“Part of me knew if I was serious about the accordion, I’d be playing weddings and Bar Mitzvahs all my life. I tried original songs, but my twisted self” worked better.
One early song got bootlegged from the Demento show and was being played in New Zealand “way before things went viral.”

Luehrsen asked how he stays topical with the parodies and Yankovic admitted it’s “all about finding the sweet spot. It’s always a puzzle to coordinate everything and make it feel timely.”

He always makes use of the latest technology. “Doing vocals in analog is something I hope to never do again. Purists, I’m sorry. You can’t hold onto old business models.” As an
example, Yankovic mentioned making several music videos for his latest album to put on various online platforms.

Looking back at the early days of MTV, he said, “it was bad, like guerilla TV. The VJs stumbled upon their words. They let me do a 4-hour block of anything I wanted called ‘Al TV.’ You couldn’t do that today.”

Back out on the convention center floor, Mike Elizondo was at the Avid booth for a Pensado’s Place interview. With production credits ranging from Switchfoot, Carrie Underwood and Alanis Morissette to Eminem, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre, Elizondo’s appearance drew an overflow crowd.

He admitted about working with Underwood, “I was nervous at first because I’d never done country. She immediately put me at ease and said ‘don’t try.’ Keith Urban was the same way.”

Stressing the importance of being a bass player (of which he is also one): “There would be no rock ‘n’ roll” without them. "They are the bridge between the harmony and melody.”

Elizondo told aspiring musicians to “figure out where you excel and make sure your composition is as strong as it can be before showing it to people. Your voice shapes you.”

photo by Robert Kinsler
Upstairs in the Taylor Guitars room, John & Jacob closed out the El Cajon-based manufacturer’s NAMM performance schedule with a thoroughly enjoyable 45-minute set that ranged from Americana and power pop to old school rock ‘n’ roll.

John Davidson, Jacob Bryant and company wore matching maroon suits and boasted plenty of high flying harmonies that would put others to shame. The Nashville-based band put out a solid eponymous debut album in 2014 and did three of those songs live. 

Highlights included infectious harmonica-laced opener “Ride with Me,” a tight take on the Everly Brothers’ “Wake Up Little Suzie” (with Jacob wielding a well-worn Taylor acoustic guitar), the rockin’ “Done” (a Band Perry hit they co-wrote), The rave up “Problematic Chemistry,” a frenetic “Oh Melissa” (self-described as “our acoustic harmonies meet punk”), plus the jaunty “Be My Girl,” which was punctuated by trumpet and featured on ABC TV’s “Nashville.”

The big outdoor evening Legends Concert on the Grand Plaza Stage included several singers who came to fame in the 1960s and ‘70s, performing a couple songs each. They admitted they didn’t rehearse or sound check, so things got a bit rough at times. Yet the spirit was still there. Guitarist Spencer Davis handled lead vocal on his band's “Gimme Some Lovin’” (originally by Steve Winwood).

Keyboardist Bill Champlin of Chicago proved the best of the lot while turning in a soulful cover of George Benson’s “Turn Your Love Around” with assists from female backing vocalists. Founding Toto singer Bobby Kimball was quite a character, doing a grandiose delivery on hits like “Africa” (Dexter Espinoza handled the verses), “Hold the Line” and an extended “Rosanna,” where Champlin sat in.

Chuck Negron did admirably on Three Dog Night staples “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “One” and “Joy to the World.” Jim Sohns from The Shadows of Night led everyone in an all-star finale of his 1966 hit “Gloria.”

Later that night, singer/songwriter Will Champlin - who finished in the top 3 during Season 5 of NBC TV singing competition "The Voice" and is the son of Chicago's Bill Champlin - played tracks from his 2014 album "Borrowing Trouble" at the Marriott stage.

Performing solo, he looped added music and vocals to get a "one man band" sound. Folk/blues tune "Heat of Passion" (heard on HBO), found Champlin adding slide guitar and wailing. The stomping "Borrowing Trouble" proved equally intense.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Beatle gets back on the road

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band – featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette - announce another string of North American shows.

The tour kicks off in June in New York and ends in Southern California.

This current All Starr line up is the 12th and longest running, and as Ringo recently told The Boston Globe, “I love this band – we have a lot of fun together on and offstage, so here we come again.”
Tour dates:
June 3 Lakeview Ampitheater, Syracuse, NY
June 4 Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, Salamanca, NY
June 5 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
June 7 Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ
June 8 Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, ME
June 10 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH
June 11 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
June 12 Santander Arena, Reading, PA
June 15 St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY
June 17 Warner Theatre, Washington DC
June 18 Koka Booth Ampitheatre, Cary, NC
June 19 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
June 21 Foellinger Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN
June 22 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
June 23 Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
June 25 Pinewood Bowl Theater, Lincoln, NE
June 26 Hartman Arena, Wichita, KS
June 28 Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
July 1 Humphreys Concerts, San Diego, CA
July 2 The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Daughtry hits collection arrives in 2 weeks

Multi-platinum selling recording artist Daughtry is set to release their first greatest hits record entitled It’s Not Over…The Hits So Far on Feb. 12 via 19 Recordings/RCA Records. The greatest hits compilation will feature two brand new tracks from the group.

The 13 track album will be available for pre-order on Jan. 29, along with the single, “Torches.” Fans who pre-order the album will receive an instant grat of the track. “Torches" was written by Chris Daughtry and Dave Bassett (Elle King’s “Exes & Oh’s,” Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” and Shinedown’s “Second Chance") as well as produced by Bassett.

Additionally the group will be releasing a deluxe physical version exclusively at Wal-Mart which will feature It’s Not Over…The Hits So Far plus a second bonus disc entitled, Acoustic Live – 2015. It will also be available for pre-order at on Jan. 29.

Since forming, Daughtry has released four studio albums (Daughtry, Leave This Town, Break The Spell and Baptized), scored four No. 1 hits, garnered four Grammy nominations, won four American Music Awards, sold over 8.2 million albums and 16 million singles worldwide and sold out concerts around the globe.

Daughtry's self-titled debut was the fastest-selling rock debut in Soundscan history and its follow up, Leave This Town, marked the quintet's second consecutive No. 1 album. Daughtry's third album, Break The Spell was certified gold within four weeks of its release while their last studio effort, Baptized, produced the certified gold single, “Waiting For Superman.” 

It’s Not Over…The Hits So Far Track List

1. It’s Not Over                                                              
2. Home                                                                            
3. Over You                                                     
4. What About Now
5. Feels Like Tonight
6. No Surprise
7. September 
8. Life After You
9. Crawling Back To You
10. Waiting For Superman
11. Long Live Rock & Roll
12. Torches                                                                        
13. Go Down     
Acoustic Live – 2015 (Wal-Mart Exclusive Deluxe 2nd Disc)

1. Baptized                                                                      
2. Crawling Back To You
3. Crazy
4. Tennessee Line
5. It’s Not Over
6. Life After You
7. Who’s They
8. Gone Too Soon
9. September
10. Home
11. Waiting For Superman
12. 18 Years

The Cars get full retrospective treatment in March

In 1978, the Cars had a Top 40 hit with the band's first single, "Just What I Needed." 

That streak continued over the next 10 years, as the band revisited the Top 40 a dozen more times with radio hits "Let's Go" and "Shake It Up" along with iconic videos like "Magic" and "You Might Think," which won MTV's first-ever "Video Of The Year" award in 1984.

The five original members - Ric Ocasek, the late Benjamin Orr, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson - recorded six studio albums together - all of them with Elektra Records - and have sold more than 23 million albums in the U.S. alone.

Rhino will release two new collections in the spring to honor The Cars' vast musical legacy. The first is a boxed set featuring all six of the band's Elektra studio albums. The second is a single-disc, career-spanning collection curated by The Cars that combines the group's best songs along with a trio of rare and unreleased alternate versions.

THE ELEKTRA YEARS 1978-1987 includes six studio albums, each one presented in a replica sleeve with original artwork. Ric Ocasek oversaw digital remastering for the set, while drummer David Robinson - who helped create The Cars' iconic album covers through the years - served as art director. The six-disc collection will be available March 11 on CD and digitally. On June 7, a limited edition vinyl version of the boxed set will be available with each 180-gram LP pressed on a different color vinyl.

The extensive set retraces the band's musical journey in the studio and includes: The Cars (1978), Candy-O (1979), Panorama (1980), Shake It Up (1981), Heartbeat City, (1984) and Door To Door (1987). Among the 60 tracks are the band's biggest hits - "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "You Are The Girl," and "Drive."

MOVING IN STEREO: THE BEST OF THE CARS will be available on May 6 on CD and as a 2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl. The collection is produced by the band, with all surviving members contributing to song selection. Ocasek also supervised digital remastering of all the audio with Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.

The collection features the band's big hits along with a rare, single mix for "I'm Not The One," as well as a live version of "Everything You Say," and a new mix by producer Philippe Zdar of "Sad Song," a track from the band's last album, 2011's Move Like This.

Greg Laswell dodges 'a bullet' on next CD

Greg Laswell unveils his latest album Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet on March 4 via Vanguard Records.

The 10-song album was entirely written, performed, produced and mixed by Laswell, with the exception of cello performed by Colette Alexander (Jens Lekman, Rilo Kiley) and the mastering by Grammy-winner Evren Göknar (Iggy Pop).

Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet is his first release since 2014's I Was Going To Be An Astronaut, and his first album of all-new material since 2012's Landline.

Laswell teased the album by dropping mysterious reveals of lyric videos for the album's title track on Oct. 23 and another new song, "Lifetime Ago" on Dec. 3. The lyric video for the new song "Out of Line" made its debut courtesy of BlackBook.

"Dodged A Bullet" (lyric video)
"Dodged A Bullet" (audio)
"Lifetime Ago" (lyric video)
"Lifetime Ago" (audio)
"Out of Line" (lyric video)

Track listing:

1. Dodged A Bullet
2. Lifetime Ago
3. Out of Line
4. And So I Tried To Sleep
5. Watch You Burn
6. Not The Same Man
7. Birthday Wish
8. Take It Easy
9. Play That One Again
10. Not Surprised

Griffin House follows Paris tribute with new material

Griffin House will put out his next studio album, So On and So Forth, on March 4.

Among the selections are "Paris Calling (Sweet Sensation)," a love song to Paris, which Griffin pre-released last December after the Paris attacks.

It comes after a decade plus career that began when the Springfield, Ohio native moved to Nashville and independently released first album, Upland (2003). His music attracted national attention leading House to sign with Vancouver based label, Nettwerk, and he released Lost & Found in 2004.

Several self-released albums followed – most on Griffin's imprint-Evening Records. He's toured extensively, opening for artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries, then in 2008 House put out Flying Upside Down, produced by Jeff Trott and featuring Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench elevating him to headliner status.

His music has continued to garner commercial and critical acclaim with such songs as “The Guy Who Says Goodbye to You Is Out of His Mind” and “Better Than Love” from his 2013 release Balls. “The Way I Was Made” was featured in ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame Commercial (Watch it here ) - fitting for the athletically gifted House who was included in Golf Digest's Oct ’14 issue tied at #6 in their TOP 100 in MUSIC poll -- Golf Digest 'Top 100 in Music'.

Late in 2014, House released “Songs for a Prisoner” (Griffin House LIVE from Prison), a 5-song EP recorded Live inside a Tennessee prison. PREVIEW Songs for a Prisoner 

"I had no illusions that my performance would be anything like Johnny Cash’s 'Live at Folsom Prison,'" said House. "It turned out I was wrong. They were hopping and hollering and singing along and really seemed to be enjoying themselves. I’m glad we recorded it."

House also completed a series of theater shows in the past few years - The Cash Legacy: A Musical Tribute to the Man in Black StudioTenn:The Cash Legacy and contributed to the Jackson Browne Tribute album 'Looking Into You' with a cover of Barricades of Heaven.

This past year, House signed on to be one of the new judges for this upcoming years American Songwriter Lyric Contest American Songwriter Lyric Contest Judges 

Track listing:

1. Yesterday Lies 2. Games
3. Played the Fool
4. Straight in the Night
5. Paris Calling
6. Further
7. Stop and Rest
8. Easy Come Easy Go
9. A Painting By...
10. Wrecking Ball
11. Silver Line
12. Omaha

Tour dates:

Feb 10
The Doug Fir Lounge
Portland, OR

Feb 11
Columbia City Theater
Seattle, WA

Feb 12
Green Frog Acoustic Tavern
Bellingham, WA

Feb 13
The Griffin House
Hood River, OR

Feb 14
The Griffin House
Hood River, OR

Feb 16
Sweetwater Music Hall
Mill Valley, CA

Feb 17
Don Quixotes
Felton, CA

Feb 18
SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
Santa Barbara, CA

Feb 19
The Hotel Cafe
West Hollywood, CA

Feb 20
The Soda Bar
San Diego, CA

Feb 21
Valley Bar
Phoenix, AZ

Feb 25
Stage Door Theater
Charlotte, NC

Feb 26
Cat's Cradle
Carrboro, NC

Feb 27
Eddie's Attic
Decatur, GA

Apr 06
Uptown Grill
La Salle, IL

Apr 07
City Winery
Chicago, IL

Apr 08
City Winery
Chicago, IL

Apr 09
Uptown Grill
La Salle, IL

Apr 10
Pin Drop Concert Series
Spring Lake, MI

Apr 14
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Art Center
Old Saybrook, CT

Apr 15
me and thee
Marblehead, MA

Apr 16
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY

Apr 17
The Hamilton
Washington, DC

Apr 22
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Apr 23
City Winery
New York, NY

Apr 29
Woody Guthrie Center
Tulsa, OK

May 01
Whistle Stop at The Depot
Norman, OK

Jul 08
Springfield Arts Festival
Springfield, OH