Saturday, July 21, 2018

Steve Wynn+The Dream Syndicate, Matthew Sweet set fall tour; Wynn's 'Kerosene Man,' 'Dazzling Display' reissues out now

The Dream Syndicate (featuring founding member Steve Wynn, pictured center) and Matthew Sweet join together for a brief West Coast run of live dates in October.

This co-billed tour will find the musicians alternating the headlining slot each night. Sweet's current guitarist, Jason Victor, joins his classic rhythm section of Ric Menck (drums) and Paul Chastain (bass); he'll also be filling the guitar position for The Dream Syndicate. 

Both acts were based in Los Angeles in their respective heydays. Sweet is best known for his alt-rock hits "Girlfriend, "Sick of Myself" and "I've Been Waiting." 

Influential '80s psychedelic pop rockers The Dream Syndicate became critical and fan favorites immediately with their debut full-length alternative rock album, The Days of Wine and Roses. Last year, Wynn put out How Did I Find Myself Here with the current lineup. He records and tours as a solo artist and with his other band, The Baseball Project.

Sweet's latest effort is Tomorrow's Daughter. He is releasing deluxe, two-LP vinyl editions of his classic albums Girlfriend, Altered Beast/Son Of Altered Beast and 100% Fun, each with extensive new liner notes, available for pre-order now.

A special Black Friday Record Store Day LP, Wicked System of Things, is set for release on Nov. 23 (Record Store Day).

Sweet said, "This feels like a really good time for me, and I feel lucky and grateful to still be doing what I love to do.

"When I meet young people and they ask for advice about a career in music, I always say, 'Do music because it's what you love to do, and because you'd do it no matter what happens,'" he concluded. "I've tried to keep that attitude about it, because that's always worked for me. I just try to keep doing my thing and keep believing."

U.S. Tour dates: 

10/16 - Portland @ Wonder Ballroom
10/17 - Seattle @ The Neptune
10/19 - San Francisco @ The Fillmore
10/20 - Sacramento @ Harlow's
10/21 - Los Angeles @ The Fonda
10/22 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up*
*Sweet only / 
East Coast dates TBA

In related news, Omnivore Recordings reissued a pair of mighty fine Wynn albums this past spring. His successful, critically-acclaimed 1990 solo debut Kerosene Man featured contributions by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, D.J. Bonebrake of X, Howe Gelb of Giant Sand, Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde (an old friend that also appeared on the last two Dream Syndicate releases), among others.  

Wynn recruited Joe Chiccarelli because he admired the producer's previous work with Stan Ridgway. Then, as the Los Angeles singer/guitarist explains in the new CD's liner notes, he sifted through some old songs that didn't fit with Dream Syndicate, like “Carolyn,” which dated back to 1983. The jangly delight of a single eventually got play on MTV.

Kerosene Man was the first time Wynn had the chance to utilize string arrangements and he reveled in using violins, cellos, not to mention vibes, baritone sax and more.

"We wanted to create a big sound, an orchestral feeling that would serve the song and my voice above everything," he writes. The lush, melancholic "Tears Won't Help" made the Billboard Modern Rock chart top 10. 

From the rollicking title track - driven by Robert Lloyd's barrelhouse piano and Robert Mache's sly slide guitar work - and the compelling duet with Napolitano on "Conspiracy of the Heart" to the sinister "Something to Remember Me By" and the aforementioned singles, there are plenty of gems on the album. At the time of the original release, I wasn't familiar with Dream Syndicate, but when Rhino Records sent me an advance copy, I was immediately hooked. 

Full lyrics and credits are included on the new remastered and expanded reissue. The half dozen bonus live tracks from 1990 were recorded in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles (on much-revered public radio station KCRW) and previously only available on a rare promo LP. There's a manic take on John Fogerty's "Graveyard Train" and a hypnotizing organ-led cover of Bob Dylan's "The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar."

Two years later, Wynn followed it up with Dazzling DisplayChiccarelli returned to the fold, along with players in Wynn's touring band. Inspired by French pop music of the 1960s, Dusty Springfield, The Hollies and The Turtles, he had assistance in the studio from the latter's Flo & Eddie, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, The Bangles' Vicki Peterson, Napolitano and John Wesley Harding. 

Crafted during the height of grunge rock, Dazzling Display mixed effervescent alt-pop ("Tuesday," "Dandy in Disguise," "Close Your Eyes") with moody numbers (the title track, "Halo," the looped rhythm of Napolitano duet "Bonnie and Clyde"), rockers ("405," "Drag") to fine effect. "Drag" hit the top 30 at Modern Rock radio and the video got on MTV, while “Tuesday” became a hit in other countries. Unfortunately, the album wasn't embraced as much as its predecessor. 

I finally caught Wynn in concert for the first time in 1992 at Bogart's in Long Beach, Calif. and recall an energetic set where all the songs came across strongly. 

The remastered and expanded version of Dazzling Display includes Wynn's liner notes recollections, lyrics, full credits and 1990-93 live radio sessions done in America, Holland and Amsterdam, comprising Sonic Youth, Paul Simon, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan covers and two Wynn compositions. Both reissues are highly recommended.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Phil Collins box set of studio contributions coming in September

"Some would say I've lived a charmed life. I've done what I wanted for most of it, and got paid well for doing something I'd have done for nothing. Playing the drums. During that time I've played with most of my heroes, most have become close friends. Over these 4 CD's you'll find a mere smattering of those moments. I thank the artists for letting me put this CD together, no easy task! Love, PC"

He has been a member one of one of Britain's most significant rock bands and one of the world's biggest male solo stars, but Phil Collins was always eager to collaborate with an eclectic range of artists. Spanning drums, vocals, production, songwriting, and more, Phil Collins' many talents have been employed by some of his biggest musical heroes.

Now Phil Collins has compiled a 59-track collection of his collaborative highlight in the shape of PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS. The compilation will be released as a 4-CD boxed set and as a digital download on September 28.

The following week, Collins will begin his "Not Dead Yet, Live!" tour on October 5 in Ft. Lauderdale, his first major North American tour in 12 years. Full itinerary listed below.

It's a boxed set about the byways of a career that stretches from the ersatz psychedelia of Flaming Youth, through the legendary 70s recordings with Brand X, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and John Cale and into the superstar era of the 80s, when Collins became the go-to man for legends in need of a fresh lease of life. It extends into the years when he had the status to do whatever he wanted. Form a big band with Quincy Jones conducting and Tony Bennett singing? Why the hell not!

The title comes from a joke gift that happened to contain a profound truth. Chester Thompson, the man who became Genesis's day-to-day drummer once Collins had become the frontman, arranged to have a special birthday present made for him. It wasn't a hugely expensive gift - just a t-shirt. On the front, Thompson had a slogan printed to reflect his bandmate's willingness to take his drums along to pretty much any session, his pleasure in working as a producer to help musicians he respected make the records they wanted: "Plays well with others."

Collins started branching out in the mid-70s to delve into parts of his musical taste that didn't fit with Genesis's sound. The band's producer John Anthony recognized Collins as a musician with the appetite and ability to adapt to different musical environments. "He was producing all kinds of records, and he would use me because he loves good drumming," remembers Collins. "We used to go into Trident Studios at midnight, just for the fun of playing, and go home at six or seven in the morning. I enjoyed the possibility of just playing and occasionally being paid for it, and occasionally not. It wasn't for money, it was just for the hell of playing."

Working on Peter Gabriel's third solo album resulted in Collins and engineer Hugh Padgham stumbling across the gated reverb drum sound that would dominate 80s pop. That was first heard on Gabriel's track "Intruder" and later when hit the charts when used in the drum fill in Collins' signature hit "In The Air Tonight."

In the wake of his solo success with the Face Value album, Collins became sought after by already successful artists who needed to do something different, helping Adam Ant, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, and Abba's Frida into new eras in their careers.

PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS is a set that captures the dizzying variety of one of the most successful stories in music history. That's what has earned him the respect of so many musicians of so many different genres - the Urban Renewal tribute album, represented here by Lil' Kim, being a classic example.


DISC ONE: 1969 - 1982
"Guide Me Orion" - Flaming Youth
"Knights (Reprise)" - Peter Banks
"Don't You Feel It" - Eugene Wallace
"I Can't Remember, But Yes" - Argent
"Over Fire Island" - Brian Eno
"Savannah Woman" - Tommy Bolin
"Pablo Picasso" - John Cale
"Nuclear Burn" - Brand X
"No-One Receiving" - Brian Eno
"Home" - Rod Argent
"M386" - Brian Eno
"And So To F" - Brand X
"North Star" - Robert Fripp
"Sweet Little Mystery" - John Martyn
"Intruder" - Peter Gabriel
"I Know There's Something Going On" - Frida
"Pledge Pin" - Robert Plant
"Lead Me To The Water" - Gary Brooker

DISC TWO: 1982 - 1991
"In The Mood"' - Robert Plant
"Island Dreamer" - Al Di Meola
"Puss 'n' Boots" - Adam Ant
"Walking On The Chinese Wall" - Philip Bailey
"Do They Know It's Christmas (Feed The World)" - Band Aid
"Just Like A Prisoner" - Eric Clapton
"Because Of You" - Philip Bailey
"Watching The World" - Chaka Khan
"No One Is To Blame" (Phil Collins version) - Howard Jones
"If Leaving Me Is Easy" - The Isley Brothers
"Angry" - Paul McCartney
"Loco In Acapulco' - Four Tops
"Walking On Air" - Stephen Bishop
"Hall Light" - Stephen Bishop
"Woman In Chains" - Tears For Fears
"Burn Down The Mission" - Phil Collins

DISC THREE: 1991 - 2011
"No Son Of Mine" - Genesis
"Could've Been Me" - John Martyn
"Hero" - David Crosby
"Ways To Cry" - John Martyn
"I've Been Trying" - Phil Collins
"Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me" - Quincy Jones
"Why Can't It Wait Til Morning" - Fourplay
"Suzanne" - John Martyn
"Looking For An Angel" - Laura Pausini
"Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End" - George Martin
"In The Air Tonite" - Lil' Kim featuring Phil Collins
"Welcome" - Phil Collins
"Can't Turn Back The Years" - John Martyn

DISC FOUR: LIVE 1981 - 2002
"In The Air Tonight" (Live At The Secret Policeman's Other Ball) - Phil Collins
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - George Harrison
"You Win Again" - The Bee Gees
"There'll Be Some Changes Made" - Phil Collins and Tony Bennett
"Stormy Weather" - Phil Collins and Quincy Jones
"Chips And Salsa" - The Phil Collins Big Band
"Birdland" - Phil Collins with The Buddy Rich Big Band
"Pick Up The Pieces" (Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival 1998) - The Phil Collins Big Band
"Layla" (Live At Party At The Palace, 3 June 2002) - Eric Clapton
"Why" (Live at Party At The Palace, 3 June 2002) - Annie Lennox
"Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" (Live at Party At The Palace, 3 June 2002) - Bryan Adams
"With A Little Help From My Friends" (Live at Party At The Palace, 3 June 2002) - Joe Cocker

David Bowie box set news

Some exciting news for fans of all eras of Bowie's career like myself...

Parlophone and Rhino Records has announced DAVID BOWIE LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988), the fourth in a series of boxed sets spanning his career from 1969.

The follow-up to the awarding winning and critically acclaimed David Bowie Five Years (1969-1973), David Bowie Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976), and David Bowie A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) will be released on October 12.

DAVID BOWIE LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988) will contain a brand new production of the 1987 album Never Let Me Down by Bowie producer / engineer Mario McNulty with new instrumentation by Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels (guitar), David Torn (guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), Tim Lefebvre (bass) as well as string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on "Shining Star (Makin' My Love)."

The 11-CD box, 15-LP vinyl set, and standard digital download boxed set is named after the opening track from the Tonight album and includes newly remastered versions of David's most commercially successful period Let's Dance, Tonight, Never Let Me Down (Original and 2018 Versions), the live album Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87), the previously unreleased Serious Moonlight live album, a collection of original remixes entitled Dance and the non-album / alternate version / b-sides and soundtrack music compilation Re:Call 4.

Exclusive to each of the boxed sets is Never Let Me Down (2018), a new production of the 1987 album. The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when Bowie asked McNulty to remix the track "Time Will Crawl" and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer Sterling Campbell along with strings. The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim and, in the notes for that record, David remarked "Oh, to redo the rest of that album."

Fast-forward to early 2018, McNulty entered Electric Lady Studios in New York with Campbell, Lefebvre on bass, who was in the ★ ("Blackstar") band, and Gabrels and Torn on guitars. All of the musicians had a history with Bowie, so were a perfect fit for what now sound like brand new songs. Muhly, whom McNulty first met when they were both interns working for Philip Glass in 2001, has handled the string arrangements.

The new re-workings have revealed Never Let Me Down as a very strong collection of songs with a dark thematic thread running through them. Fans listening to Never Let Me Down (2018) would be forgiven for thinking that they were listening to a brand new "lost" Bowie record. A radio edit of the new 2018 version of "Zeroes" is available now as digital single and will be released as a double a-side limited edition 7" picture disc, paired with a radio edit of "Beat On Your Drum" (2018), on September 7.

This 2018 version of the album will also feature newly "remixed" artwork reflecting the album's subject matter and features unseen images from the original cover photographic session from the archive of Greg Gorman.

Also in each box is the never before released Serious Moonlight live album recorded in Montreal in 1983. Originally mixed at the time by Bob Clearmountain, the double album captures Bowie on what at that time was his most successful tour. The artwork features shots taken by photographer Denis O'Regan.

Also included is the 2-CD/3-LP Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87) album, making its debut on vinyl (which is exclusive to the LP box). The tour's innovative set and marriage of music and theatre has been cited as a big inspiration to acts in the 2000s. Speaking in 1991 about Glass Spider, Bowie said, "It was the first time I'd had the opportunity to spend that kind of money and do shows like that! The first time since Diamond Dogs, anyway ... I thought, Right! Let's really spend some money! I had all these thwarted dreams of what I'd tried to do with rock 'n roll in the early '70s."

Exclusive to each box is Re:Call 4 and Dance. The former a new compilation featuring remastered contemporary single versions, non-album singles, album edits, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks such as Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners, and When The Wind Blows. Dance features 12 contemporaneous remixes, some of which are appearing on CD and vinyl for the first time, and is named after an unreleased Bowie remix album that was originally slated for release in November 1985.

The physical boxed set's accompanying book, 128-pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including O'Regan, Gorman, Herb Ritts and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, McNulty and Justin Shirley-Smith.

The CD boxed set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums, and the CDs will be gold colored rather than the usual silver. The vinyl boxed set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl. As well as Never Let Me Down (2018), Dance and Re:Call 4, both Serious Moonlight (Live '83) and Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87).

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Richard Thompson unveils details of '13 Rivers'

New West
Richard Thompson's next album 13 Rivers is scheduled for Sept. 14 via New West Records.

It is his first self-produced album in over a decade and was recorded analog in 10 days.

In a prepared statement, he says each song "is like a river...some flow faster than others. Some follow a slow and winding current. They all culminate on this one body of work. The songs are a surprise in a good way. They came to me as a surprise in a dark time. They reflected my emotions in an oblique manner that I’ll never truly understand. It’s as if they’d been channeled from somewhere else. You find deeper meaning in the best records as time goes on. The reward comes later.

“I don’t know how the creative process works. I suppose it is some kind of bizarre parallel existence to my own life. I often look at a finished song and wonder what the hell is going on inside me. We sequenced the weird stuff at the front of the record, and the tracks to grind your soul into submission at the back.”

Hear “The Storm Won’t Come” and “Bones of Gilead” HERE. 13 Rivers will be available across digital platforms, CD, vinyl, as well as limited edition split cream & black colored vinyl available at Independent Retailers. Richard Thompson’s 13 Rivers is available for pre-order now via NEW WEST RECORDS.

Some history: Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60s, Thompson and his bandmates helped invent a distinctive strain of British Folk Rock. He left the group by the age of 21 which was followed by a critically acclaimed, decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist.

In 2011, Thompson received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He has received lifetime achievement awards for songwriting from Britain’s BBC Awards, the Americana Music Association, and was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award.

“1952 Vincent Black Lightning” was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Greatest Songs Since 1923. A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s songs including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, David Byrne, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and many more.

His massive body of work includes many Grammy nominated albums as well as numerous soundtracks, including Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man.

Track List:

1. The Storm Won’t Come
2. The Rattle Within
3. Her Love Was Meant For Me
4. Bones Of Gilead
5. The Dog In You
6. Trying
7. Do All These Tears Belong To You?
8. My Rock, My Rope
9. You Can’t Reach Me
10. O Cinderella
11. No Matter
12. Pride
13. Shaking The Gates

Years & Years North American tour dates

British band Years & Years return to North America in October for a headlining tour in support of their full-length album and short film, ‘Palo Santo.’ For a full list of tour dates, see below. Tickets pre-sales have started; local and general on-sale starts July 20 at 10AM local time. For more information go to:

Last month, Years & Years brought their live show to New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles for three small scale, sold-out live shows to celebrate the release of ‘Palo Santo.’ The release entered the worldwide iTunes album charts at #1 and the UK album charts at #3 and continues to make waves stateside as the current single “If You’re Over Me” gains traction on radio on both sides of the Atlantic and saw its late night television debut on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers last month [Watch HERE].

Tour Dates:

10/05 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
10/06 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
10/08 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
10/10 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
10/11 – Lincoln Theatre – Washington, DC
10/12 – Paradise– Boston, MA
10/13 – MeTulus – Montreal, QB
10/15 – Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
10/16 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
10/17 – The Truman -– Kansas City, MO
10/19 – Canton Hall -– Dallas, TX
10/20 – Emo's – Austin, TX
10/22 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
10/23 – Union Event Center – Salt Lake City, UT
10/25 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
10/26 – Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
10/28 -– Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
10/29 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
10/30 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA

Kip Moore plots fall tour

Kip Moore returns to the road this fall for U.S. headlining dates, which start in September. Tickets for the tour will go on sale July 20 at

“Anyone who knows me, knows that the live show means everything to us,” said Moore. “It’s where we get to thank our die-hard fans that show up to every show year after year, and it’s also where we get to lay all of our cards out on the table and win over new fans. I’m excited to get out to some cities we haven’t played a full show at in a while and with all the awesome acts we have joining us, it’s going to be a hell of a fall!”

Moore's current single “Last Shot” is the second taken from his latest album Slowheart and follows his fourth #1 hit, “More Girls Like You.” The country performer's platinum debut album Up All Night spawned three #1 singles, including the gold-certified "Beer Money," platinum-certified "Hey Pretty Girl," and the 2x-platinum "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck.

Tour Dates:

9/20/2018 Silver Springs, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring** 
9/21/2018 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom**
9/22/2018 Huntington, NY The Paramount****
9/28/2018 Birmingham, AL Avondale Brewing Co.***
10/4/2018 Fargo, ND Scheels Arena*
10/5/2018 Sioux Falls, SD The District*
10/6/2018 Madison, WI The Sylvee*
10/18/2018 Raleigh, NC The Ritz*
10/20/2018 Chattanooga, TN The Signal*
10/25/2018 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium*
10/26/2018 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex*
10/27/2018 Reno, NV Grand Theatre @ The Grand Sierra Resort*
10/30/2018 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheater*
11/1/2018 Anaheim, CA House of Blues*
11/2/2018 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern*
11/3/2018 San Diego, CA House of Blues*
11/5/2018 San Francisco, CA The Regency*
11/8/2018 Spokane, WA Fox Theater*
11/9/2018 Eugene, OR Hult Center for Performing Arts*
11/10/2018 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre*
11/17/2018 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium*

*openers Jordan Davis, Jillian Jacqueline
**The Wild Feathers, Caroline Jones
***The Wild Feathers, Jillian Jacqueline
****Dates with The Wild Feathers 

Toad the Wet Sprocket update

Toad the Wet Sprocket will have remastered vinyl reissues of their albums fear and Dulcinea on their U.S. summer tour and online beginning July 18.

“For years, fans have been asking us to reissue our fearand Dulcinea albums on vinyl. Now, in cooperation with Sony Music, these albums are finally getting the vinyl treatment they deserve,” says bassist Dean Dinning.

“I personally supervised the remastering and vinyl cutting with Eric Boulanger and his crew at Bakery mastering in Culver City, CA. The vinyl masters have been cut on the lathe at half speed for maximum resolution, and then they are pressed on 180 gram vinyl.”

He further explains, “For fans wanting the ultimate Toad listening experience, these new vinyl editions definitely deliver. We are thankful to have our fans still with us from the time these albums were both initially released to now, and I hope you enjoy these albums as much as I did remastering them.”

Toad will continue their tour into fall with newly added dates to support their latest releases, New Constellation (2013) and The Architect of Ruin EP (2015) and will be performing fan favorites “Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” “I Will Not Take These Things for Granted” featured on the multi-platinum break-through album Fear and “Fall Down” and “Something’s Always Wrong” from the follow-up platinum album Dulcinea. These tracks are included on All You Want (2011), which is available at shows and online.

Fans can secure VIP Meet & Greet packages with a ticket purchase which will include: one pre-show meet & greet with the band, one photograph with the band, one live acoustic song performance, one exclusive VIP tour laminate, one autographed tour poster and one premium reserved seat ticket (or early access to seating if a general admission show, where available).

Toad the Wet Sprocket also has new music coming this year and will be featured in two upcoming compilation projects. The track “One of These Days” will be included in the upcoming animated motion picture Animal Crackers, and “Nothing Can Stop My Love” is on the Roger Miller Tribute Album titled King of the Road out Aug. 31st alongside other notable artists such as Dolly Parton, Eric Church, Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves.

Tour Dates:

7/18-19 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
7/20 Ojai, CA @ Libbey Bowl
7/21 SF, CA @ Great American Music Hall
7/24 Sacramento, CA @ Crest Theatre
7/26 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
7/27 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
7/28 Spokane, WA @ The Bing Crosby Theatre
7/29 Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
7/31 SLC, UT @ Red Butte Garden
8/2 Fort Collins, CO @ Washington's
8/3 Arvada, CO @ Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
8/4 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
8/5 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Jones Assembly
8/8 New York, NY @ Sony Hall
8/9-10 Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
8/11 Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre
8/12 Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
8/14 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/16 Kent, OH @ Kent Stages
8/17 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
8/18 Chicago, IL @ Park West
8/19 Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens
9/20 Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theater
9/22 Augusta, GA @ Miller Theater
9/23 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
9/24 Nashville, TN @ CMA Theatre
9/25 Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre
9/27 Phoenixville, PA @ The Colonial Theatre
9/28 Richmond, VA @ The National
9/29 Virginia Beach, VA @ Neptune Festival
9/30 Frederick, MD @ Weinberg Center for the Arts

Fastball's 'All the Pain Money Can Buy' to get deluxe reissue in November

I'm very interesting in hearing this new reissue since I interviewed and reviewed the band in concert for the album. Read more from the press release below...

When the first single from Fastball's second record was released a few months before the album dropped, it was apparent there would be no sophomore slump. “The Way” exploded at radio, eventually going Gold, and propelling All the Pain Money Can Buy to Gold status in only three months and Platinum another three months later. The release also received two Grammy® nominations, and the band won four Austin Chronicle awards for the album.

Produced by the band with Julian Raymond (Cheap Trick, Sugarland, LP), All the Pain Money Can Buy also delivered the second single, “Fire Escape,” as well as the Top 20 single “Out of My Head” (whose chorus was recently reinterpreted in “Bad Things” by Machine Gun Kelly & Camilla Cabello) while also including a track with Poe(whose Hello was certified Gold in 1996).

This 20th anniversary edition contains the original 13 songs, plus nine bonus tracks including rare B-sides, compilation tracks, and four previously unissued demos. To make this anniversary even more special, the album makes its vinyl debut as a double LP containing all of the bonus material Street date is Nov. 9 via Omnivore Recordings.

With expanded packaging and an essay from Scott Schinder including a new interview with the band, All the Pain Money Can Buy returns stronger than ever. The way is finally clear.

As Schinder notes, “It’s not surprising that All the Pain Money Can Buy would catch on with the public. The album’s 13 original songs embodied an irresistible mix of catchy song craft, melodic sophistication and emotional depth, and the band arranged and performed them with an unmistakable sense of urgency that underlined the opportunity that the project represented.”

According to Fastball’s Tony Scalzo, “Coming to A&M Studios to record was a big deal for us. Hit records had come out of there for years and years, and you could really feel that when you walked inside. Time and a sizable budget gave us access to all these great session musicians and we were able to go nuts with our ideas. With Julian Raymond in the driver's seat, we were encouraged to take full advantage of the sonic resources available to us at A&M. When we finished we knew we had a great record but didn’t expect the success it would bring us."

Fastball’s hometown Austin album release show will take place on Nov. 9 at Austin’sACL Live!.

Track Listing:

1. The Way
2. Fire Escape
3. Better Than It Was
4. Which Way To The Top?
5. Sooner Or Later
6. Warm Fuzzy Feeling
7. Slow Drag
8. G.O.D. (Good Old Days)
9. Charlie, The Methadone Man
10. Out Of My Head
11. Damaged Goods
12. Nowhere Road
13. Sweetwater, Texas

Bonus Tracks:

14. Quit Your Job
15. Freeloader Freddie
16. The Way (Cassette Demo)*
17. Fire Escape (Demo)*
18. Slow Drag (Demo)*
19. Sweetwater, Texas (Demo)*
20. Androgynous
21. This Guy’s In Love With You
22. The Way (Unpaved Acoustic Version) 
* previously unissued

Monday, July 16, 2018

Chris Isaak concert review: Riverside, Calif.

photo: Andrew Macpherson
Just over a week ago, Matt Nathanson, the Massachusetts pop/rock musician best known for Adult Contemporary hits like “Faster” and “Come on Get Higher,” tweeted “For anyone keeping score out there, ‘Wicked Game’ by Chris Isaak is the same three chords over and over again and it is genius and never gets boring.”

Indeed. Isaak’s signature song, which reached the top 10 in 1991 (not to mention half a dozen other countries), is usually enrapturing live. Unlike other artists who save their biggest hits until the end, Isaak typically places it in the first third of the set, sending female fans into an early frenzy.

Both were true during the artist’s first appearance at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Calif. Clocking in at just under two hours, the stellar concert included crowd-pleasing tributes to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison – all covered on 2011’s Beyond the Sun album - a few deep album cuts, synchronized stage moves, audience interaction and plenty of good-natured humor.

Sharply dressed as always, Isaak and longtime backing band Silvertone opened with the sprightly pop of “American Boy,” the theme song to the singer/actor’s early 2000s Showtime sitcom “The Chris Isaak Show.” The haunting “You Owe Me Some Kind of Love” was followed by a terrific “Somebody’s Crying,” which drew loud cheers.

During band introductions, Isaak pointed out that drummer/backing vocalist Kenney Dale Johnson had relatives in the audience and then went out into the orchestra and mezzanine sections to sing the night’s first Presley recording “Doin’ the Best I Can” and then “We’ve Got Tomorrow.”

Isaak gave the aptly-titled “Big Wide Wonderful World” an effusive vocal delivery and it was the first of several standouts. Lead guitarist Hershel Yatovitz and bassist Rowland Salley worked both sides of the stage with Isaak and hoisted their guitars in unison from time to time.

Toward the end of the Cash-popularized “Ring of Fire,” Isaak did an amusing bit with Salley where it took several attempts to lure Salley back to his normal position on stage.

For the acoustic-based segment, Isaak admitted that romantic songs were his forte and invited a woman onstage to serenade during “Two Hearts.” Initially hands-on-face embarrassed, she eventually got into being the center of attention. The singer had no problem hitting the high falsetto notes either. The same could be said about a gorgeous “Let Me Down Easy.” 

Scott Plunkett added fine accordion work to “Livin’ for Your Lover,” off the 1985 self-titled debut album. Isaak recalled how it was a part of "Rate-A-Record" on Dick Clark’s old “American Bandstand” TV show and how the punk guy chosen to give his opinion said people couldn’t dance to it. These musicians proved otherwise.

After a man shouted for Isaak to “play some Elvis” (Really? That was unnecessary), he wondered whether the demand referred to Presley or Costello and offered get well wishes for the latter artist, who just announced a recent cancer diagnosis. Focusing on Presley, the guys did “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again” and a perfectly sublime “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

"Blue Hotel" really upped the drama quotient and main set closer “Notice the Ring” bore a percussion style vaguely reminiscent of late ‘60s Santana - a nice change of pace. Come encore time, Isaak changed into his trademark mirrored suit for the slinky blues of “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing.”

Asking three female fans onstage to dance during the song resulted in their expected overzealousness. I really thought a roadie would have to intervene. Finally, it was back to some shimmering mellowness for “Can’t Do a Thing to Stop Me.”

Friday, July 13, 2018

A yacht rock bonanza: Robbie Dupree, Stephen Bishop reissued on CD; Greg Prato's new book

Here in Southern California, yacht rock enthusiasts have been excited by the prospect of seeing three of the music style’s prominent figures – Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and Christopher Cross – perform together at the Hollywood Bowl today and Saturday.

This past spring, several new entertainment media titles related to yacht rock – which basically encompasses mid-1970s to early 1980s jazz and R&B-influenced soft rock - came out.

Blixa Sounds, a new Los Angeles based record label, just reissued Stephen Bishop’s third LP Red Cab to Manhattan (1980), as well as Robbie Dupree’s eponymous debut (1980) and its follow-up Street Corner Heroes (1981).

Meanwhile, The Yacht Rock Book: The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth, Sounds of the 70s and 80s, by Greg Prato, examines the style’s popularity and impact through multiple interviews. And SiriusXM is still offering its yacht rock channel to subscribers.

Stephen Bishop, a San Diego native, first got a leg up in the music business when a pair of tunes he wrote were recorded by Art Garfunkel for the hit 1975 LP Breakaway. Then Barbra Streisand also recorded a Bishop song. His own success as a solo recording artist began in ‘77 with “Save it for a Rainy Day” and “On and On,” both of which went top 10 on the Adult Contemporary charts and were top 20 pop hits. “Everybody Needs Love” drew similar radio play.
After he signed to Warner Bros. Records for Red Cab to Manhattan, the label apparently didn’t do much to promote the album and it unfortunately faded quickly. Soon after, the artist landed an AC chart topper in “It Might Be You,” appeared on a bunch of soundtracks, did more film cameos, had songs recorded by Kenny Loggins, Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Phil Collins, Steve Perry and many more.

Now, nearly 40 years later, the great new version of Red Cab to Manhattan has been digitally re-mastered from the original tapes, with previously unreleased bonus tracks, the original cover artwork and high-quality gatefold CD packaging. 

Garfunkel, Clapton, Collins, Phoebe Snow, Willie Weeks, Steve Gadd, Hugh McCracken and Lenny Castro were among the guests, while mixer Scott Litt (who’d go onto fame helming R.E.M. albums), Grammy winning producer Tommy LiPuma, engineers Renate (Elton John) and Jason Corsaro (Paul Simon, Madonna) handled the sound. The result is an album that doesn’t sound dated compared to similar releases from the era and one that should’ve been a hit back then.

Bishop’s lyrics were partially inspired by his breakup with actress Karen Allen (“Animal House” – which he also had a bit part in, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”). Opening cut “The Big House,” a jaunty “Living in the Land of Abe Lincoln” and the short barroom romp “Sex Kittens Go to College” showcase the artist’s sense of humor. The romantic “Send a Little Love My Way” and mild rocker “Let Her Go” are highlights. Elsewhere, “Little Moon” boasts a nice cascading harmony section and the title track, a nifty Bishop trombone solo.

The half dozen bonus tracks comprise demos, a single version of “Send a Little Love My Way” and a quick cover of “Hit the Road Jack.”

Back when I was in junior high school and dutifully compiled my own listings of American Top 40 with Casey Kasem, I was somewhat infatuated with Robbie Dupree’s breezy pop hit “Steal Away,” which reached the top 10 in 1980.

In Prato’s book, Dupree explains the lyric didn’t mean that much to him; the words just fit nicely with the melody. That song was included on demo that was initially rejected by several record labels. So, the Brooklyn musician returned home. Then, by chance, Dupree’s drummer’s brother passed it along to a record exec and a label deal commenced. 

“Hot Rod Hearts,” another top 20 hit from what became the Robbie Dupree LP, was another slice of upbeat catchy pop about “young love/born in a backseat,” with billowy keyboards. Amazingly, as Dupree also explains in the Prato book, the song was “an afterthought” - a late addition to the album completed in 24 hours because he was being pressured to finish recording immediately. It ended up netting him a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

The sleek 1980 debut album, digitally re-mastered from the original tapes, is a frequently romantic gem. In addition to the standout singles, the upbeat “I’m No Stranger” and “Nobody Else” contain ample sax and soulful backing vocals. Other highlights include the sprightly “Love is a Mystery,” with lovely guitarwork and the haunting “Lonely Runner.” Notably, the guitars are handled by a young Brian Ray, who’d go onto tour and record with Paul McCartney decades later as well as future Cracker producer Dennis Herring. Intriguingly, the four previously unreleased bonus tracks (the aforementioned hits among them) are sung in Spanish.

On his remastered sophomore album, Street Corner Heroes, from 1981, Dupree slightly expanded his sonic palette with most of the same studio musicians. Although it didn’t match the debut’s success, the results were equally terrific. 

The title track, likely inspired by Dupree’s teenage years singing doo wop on street corners in New York City, gets everything rolling on a spirited note. “Brooklyn Girls,” the single, is effusive with sax flourishes. A fast-paced “All Night Long” is done a capella in doo wop style, while another standout, “I’ll Be the Fool Again,” is akin to Doobie Brothers with prominent keyboards. The R&B-styled “Are You Ready for Love” has a sultry vibe; “Saturday Night” contains an enticing slow build party groove, punchy horns and a harmonica solo. A single edit of the song serves as the lone bonus track.

The Yacht Rock Book, published by Jawbone Press (paperback; 320 pages), examines the genesis of soft rock through interviews with the major players (and others who intersected it), including John Oates, Christopher Cross, Boz Scaggs, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, Rupert Holmes, members of The Eagles, America, Captain & Tennille, Air Supply, Steely Dan, Three Dog Night, Blood Sweat & Tears, Ambrosia, Toto, Chicago, Poco, Earth, Wind & Fire and others.

Following a foreword by actor/musician Fred Armisen (“Saturday Night Live,” “Portlandia”), Prato hits all the relevant bases as the musicians discuss their roots and eventual successes - and bewilderment at the whole yacht rock phenomenon.

There are chapters devoted to Daryl Dragon, who describes his experience touring with the Beach Boys (whose “Sloop John B.” is considered a precursor to yacht rock); one about the Doobies, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Steely Dan; Michael McDonald’s singular influence, Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks; the formula for making soft rock classics; the session musicians who played on many of the hits; Seventies fashion; drugs and partying; one devoted to Holmes’ “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” what Prato amusingly calls “The yacht rock national anthem”; memorable album covers; the genre’s decline and recent resurgence. The most interesting chapters are devoted the background behind classic tunes from the 1970s and early ‘80s. Twenty color and black and white pages of photos help illustrate everything. If you're a fan of any of the above artists, I'd highly recommend picking up this book.

Update on The Coral

Ben Morgan
The Coral have announced its forthcoming new studio album titled Move Through The Dawn (pre-order).

The UK rock band returned after a five-year hiatus with 2016’s Distance Inbetween. “Eyes Like Pearls” is the second single from the new album and follows the BBC 6Music playlisted lead single “Sweet Release.”

Directed, animated and produced by Neil Mclean, the video for “Eyes Like Pearls” can be seen on YouTube HERE.

Having supported Manic Street Preachers on their Arena tour earlier this year, The Coral recently announced a UK headline tour in October. Support on all dates comes from She Drew The Gun, the acclaimed Liverpool quartet signed to Coral frontman James Skelly’s Skeleton Key label.

The Coral’s keyboard player, Nick Power, has also written a new book titled Into The Void, which will be published by erbacce-press concurrently with the new album. Serving as Powers’ third book,Into The Void is a first-hand account of the recording, release and touring of Distance Inbetween.

Since their debut EP release in 2001, The Coral have sold over a million UK albums, with five reaching the Top 10 including 2003’s chart-topping Magic and Medicine. Their eight Top 40 singles include “Dreaming Of You,” “In The Morning,” “Pass It On,” and “Don’t Think You’re The First."

Track listing:

Eyes Like Pearls
Reaching Out For A Friend
Sweet Release
She's A Runaway
Strangers In The Hollow
Love Or Solution
Eyes Of The Moon
Undercover Of The Night
Outside My Window
After The Fair

'Road to Ruin' by the Ramones to receive deluxe reissue treatment

The Ramones released the band's fourth studio album, Road To Ruin, 40 years ago this September. Dee Dee, Joey, and Johnny were joined for the first time by drummer Marky Ramone, who replaced founding member Tommy Ramone, who'd left to do more producing and writing for the band. It was also the album that introduced a nation of pinheads to the all-time Ramones' classic "I Wanna Be Sedated."

To celebrate the milestone, Rhino will release two versions on Sept. 21, a day before the anniversary of the album's original release on Sept. 22, 1978. The 3CD/1LP boxed set ROAD TO RUIN: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION and the newly remastered version of the original album will also be released as a single CD. Both titles will also be available digitally and via streaming services. Listen to the previously unreleased "Take 2 (Basic Rough Mix)" of "I Wanna Be Sedated" HERE.

ROAD TO RUIN: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION contains two different mixes of the album, unissued rough mixes for every album track, and an unreleased 1979 concert recording of the Ramones in New York. It will be produced in a limited and numbered edition of 7,500 copies worldwide and comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. Along with the music, the set also features rare photos and artwork, including the unused, alternate cover image, plus essays by former New York Rocker writer Roy Trakin, album cover artist John Holmstrom, and Road To Ruin producer Ed Stasium, who details the making of this classic record.

The first disc of the ROAD TO RUIN: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION features a remastered version of the original stereo mix for Road To Ruin and a new 2018 40th Anniversary Road Revisited mix created by Stasium, who strips off the original record's commercial gloss and restores the album to its punk rock core. Stasium's new mix is also featured on the 180-gram LP that accompanies this deluxe edition.

The second disc offers up over twenty unreleased recordings, including rough mixes for every album track, starkly different alternate takes of two songs, and two unreleased outtakes: "I Walk Out" and "S.L.U.G." - unfinished during the original recording sessions in 1978, and completed by Stasium for this anniversary release. Other highlights include three different versions of "I Wanna Be Sedated," including the "Ramones-on-45-Mega-Mix!" released in 1988 as part of the campaign for the Ramones Mania compilation, as well as acoustic versions of "Questioningly," "Needles And Pins," and "Don't Come Close."

The final disc has a previously unreleased recording of the band's entire 1979 New Year's Eve concert, which was mixed live by Stasium, and broadcast on WNEW-FM. Recorded in New York City at The Palladium, with audio sourced from Tommy Ramone's original cassette of the console recording, it features blistering performances of "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Rockaway Beach," and "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker," along with several songs from Road To Ruin: "I Don't Want You," "I Wanna Be Sedated," and "I Wanted Everything."

Plain White T's pay tribute to Friday the 13th with new video

To celebrate the last Friday the 13th of 2018, Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum alt-pop band, Plain White T's, have released the official video for their latest track "Bonne I Want You," which pays tribute to the 1980's golden age of horror films.

The scene is set in a retro arcade featuring vocalist Tom Higgenson in his blood red Thriller-esque jacket alongside Bonnie - "The Girl Of Your Screams," who plays a supernatural force to be reckoned with (and in this case, a maneater). PRESS HERE to catch it.

"Bonnie I Want You" is one of two recently released tracks from the Plain White T's forthcoming anticipated eighth studio album, Parallel Universe (produced by Matt Squire [Ariana Grande, Panic! At The Disco)]. The new album is out Aug. 24 and follows their 2015 independent release American Nights, marking their return to Fearless Records after 13 years. In conjunction with the recent album announcement, the band also released their lead single "Your Body."

Parallel Universe is available for pre-order now at all DSPs and each pre-order will include an instant download of "Bonnie I Want You" and lead single "Your Body."

Deluxe limited edition album bundles are available at the official Plain White T's webstore HERE, including a glow in the dark vinyl, an oxford felt pennant and exclusive apparel that includes t-shirts, socks and enamel pins. The first 100 vinyl bundle and first 100 CD bundle purchasers will receive a signed copy of the album.

The video to "Your Body" - PRESS HERE to watch - was filmed at Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles and exhibits a male Ex Machina who was put together piece by piece by the male's female companion. The track premiered earlier this week via SiriusXM's The Pulse. "Bonnie I Want You" showcases the grittier side of Plain White T's - PRESS HERE to listen.

Track Listing:

1. Light Up The Room
2. Bonnie I Want You
3. Call Me
4. Top Of The World
5. Bury Me
6. Your Body
7. Sick Of Love
8. No Imitations
9. Low
10. Lying About Me And You
11. I Should Be Dead Right Now
12. Lips
13. No Tears
14. End of The World

Paul Simon album news

“This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right, or were odd enough to be overlooked the first time around. Re-doing arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics that didn’t make their meaning clear, gave me time to clarify in my own head what I wanted to say, or realize what I was thinking and make it more easily understood.”
– Paul Simon, July 2018

Paul Simon will release his 14th studio album – In The Blue Light – on Sept. 7. Produced by Simon and Roy Halee, who have worked together since the 1960s, the album features a talented cast of musicians who have joined Simon to lend fresh perspectives on 10 of the artist's favorite (though perhaps less-familiar) songs, drawn from his unparalleled body of work.

Revisiting his repertoire, Simon has selected songs originally appearing on There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973), Still Crazy After All These Years(1975), One-Trick Pony (1980), Hearts and Bones (1983), The Rhythm of The Saints (1990), You're The One (2000) and So Beautiful Or So What (2011), refreshing and transforming the compositions through new arrangements and collaborations.

Among the many musicians joining Simon on In The Blue Light are jazz icons trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd. Two of the compositions recorded with the New York-based chamber ensemble sextet yMusic, “Can’t Run But” and “Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War,” are being brought to the stage each night as show-stopping highlights on Simon’s Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour.

Simon explains in the album’s liner notes, “It’s an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit earlier works and re-think them; to modify, even completely change parts of the originals.

“Happily, this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians, most of whom I hadn’t recorded with before. I hope the listener will find these new versions of old songs refreshed, like a new coat of paint on the walls of an old family home.”

The release of In The Blue Light on September 7 coincides with the final leg of Homeward Bound – Farewell Tour in September, including four performances in the New York City area and culminating with the Final Performance on September 22 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Track listing/credits:

Words and Music by Paul Simon

01 One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
Paul Simon: Vocal, Percussion
Joel Wenhardt: Piano
Nate Smith: Drums
Jim Oblon: Guitar
John Patitucci: Bass
Edie Brickell: Finger Snaps
CJ Camerieri: Trumpet
Andy Snitzer: Saxophone

02 Love
Paul Simon: Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Harmonium
Bill Frisell: Electric Guitar
Steve Gadd: Drums
Renaud Garcia-Fons: Bass

03 Can't Run But
Paul Simon: Vocal
With yMusic
Arrangement by Bryce Dessner based on the original arrangement from Rhythm of the Saints by Marco Antônio Guimarães

04 How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns
Paul Simon: Vocal
Sullivan Fortner: Piano
Nate Smith: Drums
John Patitucci: Bass
Wynton Marsalis: Trumpet

05 Pigs, Sheep and Wolves
Paul Simon: Vocal, Percussion
Wynton Marsalis: Trumpet
Marcus Printup: Trumpet
Dan Block: Clarinet
Walter Blanding: Saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon: Tuba
Chris Crenshaw: Trombone
Marion Felder: Drums
Herlin Riley: Tambourine
Arrangement by Wynton Marsalis

06 René and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
Paul Simon: Vocal, Electric Guitar
With yMusic
Arrangement by Robert Sirota

07 The Teacher
Paul Simon: Vocal, Percussion
Odair Assad: Guitar
Sérgio Assad: Guitar
Renaud Garcia-Fons: Bass, Percussion
Walter Blanding: Saxophone
Jamey Haddad: Percussion

08 Darling Lorraine
Paul Simon: Vocal, Percussion
Bill Frisell: Electric Guitar
Vincent Nguini: Electric Guitar
Mark Stewart: Acoustic Guitar
Steve Gadd: Drums
John Patitucci: Bass
With yMusic
Arrangement by Rob Moose

09 Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy
Paul Simon: Vocal
Sullivan Fortner: Piano, Celeste
Jack DeJohnette: Drums
John Patitucci: Bass
Joe Lovano: Saxophone

10 Questions For The Angels
Paul Simon: Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Harmonica, Percussion
Bill Frisell: Electric Guitar
Sullivan Fortner: Harmonium, Chromelodeon
John Patitucci: Bass
Skip LaPlante: Percussion

yMusic is
CJ Camerieri: trumpet, piccolo trumpet
Alex Sopp: flute, alto flute
Hideaki Aomori: clarinet, bass clarinet
Rob Moose: violin
Nadia Sirota: viola
Gabriel Cabezas: cello

Paul Simon – In The Blue Light is available to pre-order now: CD: LP:

Link to the EPK for “The Story of In The Blue Light” here: