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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bonus Q&A with Ryan Miller of Guster

Nettwerk Records
There was so much interesting material from my recent chat with singer/guitarist Ryan Miller of Guster that didn't fit into my main story: 
https://newwavegeo.blogspot.com/2019/07/an-interview-with-guster-socal-tour.html
that I decided to post the rest of it below.

Q: The new songs are quite different than what you've done in the past. How have the songs you've included in the live sets been going over with fans?

A: Great. There was a steep technical learning curve for us. We had to redo a lot of things on a purely technical level. There’s a lot of synthesizer stuff and new sounds. It wasn’t like I could just pick up my guitar and play these guitar parts. It doesn’t work that way. It took us a few minutes to get it all together and figure out how to make it all happen.

As the tour rolled on, we felt our own confidence with the songs and people’s familiarity with the songs kick in. We’ve been doing this a long time. There’s still so much gas in our tanks, so that when we play songs from our last few records, it’s not like the energy goes out of the room and people go to take a bathroom break. 

Every song feels vital and this record is definitely not an exception at all. In fact, I watch a lot of fan groups and stalk Twitter a little bit to see how people are reacting to the record in general and it was as good as any new record we’ve delivered - if not better - in a lot of ways. It’s very encouraging.

Q: Guster seems to have a more devoted fan base than many bands. What do you think is the reason for that?

A: Some of it is just that we’ve been a band making records for twentysomething years. A lot of people have grown up with our music and maybe grown up listening to “Parachute” in junior high and are now parents playing the records for their kids. 

On our first record, producer Mike Deneen said, ‘you’re lucky that you write pop music because pop songs never go out of style.' I think there was something accidentally cool about our band. Verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus has been a thing forever. And melody wins. Even though the first iteration of our band was defined by strummy acoustic guitars and percussion, it was really about songs. 

I think the fact that we’re always focused on songwriting allows people to come back to the records. It’s not like listening to Third Wave emo or something which is super zeitgeisty. Even though I think our records have a time stamp on them, our band in general is a song-oriented band, which helps.

Q: Speaking of the fans, I read at a show last spring you invited a couple people onstage to play harmonica. Does that happen often?

A: I think we’re always looking for excuses to involve the crowd or to break out of the monotony of ‘hey, how are you guys doing tonight’ and then playing songs. Approachability, sincerity, earnestness and playfulness. Those words can be used to describe our band. 

Things like that happen multiple times a tour. We react to fans’ suggestions and we trade on verisimilitude. We want to tell the truth at all times and poke fun at ourselves. We don’t [always] invite people to play harmonica with us, but we definitely have people come onstage and involve them - either something we plan in advance or we make up a song about them - or whatever. 

Again, that's something that keeps our band vital on the road. Even though we have a large catalog, we’re not improvising. We’re not like a jam band that makes up half their set every night. Stuff like that keeps us and the fans on our toes. Anytime you can be real is always my favorite moment in a concert. When someone says, ‘oh, we messed that up; let start again.’ That’s awesome and what we’re all sort of craving in a way.

We figured out early on that we don’t have to obfuscate any of that stuff. We should just be who we are and the more we are on our own stuff, the more it works. It’s a rule in everything I do - not to condescend in any kind of way.

Q: I’ve been a fan of the band since "Goldfly" came out, but "Look Alive" drew me in immediately since I’m a sucker for synth pop music. How did you end up leaning in that direction with producer Leo Abrahams? 

A: In my PBS show “Bardo,” I talk to artists all the time. Even the show I had before that, “Making Friends with Ryan Miller” were mostly creative people. I’ve learned a lot about the process. I’ve always known this intuitively, but what’s born out of these conversations is, 'you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone and be fearful.' 

This album feels scary and different, but still really authentic to us. It’s melodic and musical and something we can represent. All of us came around to it in stages with Leo. There was a moment where Leo had tinkered with the opening track “Look Alive,” brought it back and some of us were like, ‘oh my God. This is crazy.’ Some of us were like, ‘this is crazy bad and some of us were, ‘this is crazy good.’ 

Breaking up the recording [into stages] gave us the chance to process stuff and make sure we were on the right track. That’s what we do with writing too. It takes years to write a record because we do everything in these 2-3 day chunks every month or something. If you still like a song that you wrote two years ago, it’s probably a good indication it should go on your record. 

Q: I’d read that the recording process with Leo was so enjoyable that you guys hope to go in the studio with him again next time. True?

A: It was so fun and he has such an interesting personality. We locked in very quickly with him. It was really inspiring.

Q: Every time I sit down for a concentrated listen to "Look Alive," I seem to hear different things in the mix. It’s a real audiophile record. Do you hope the fans discover new things upon successive listens as well?

A: In a lot of ways, this record was very reactionary to the record we before, "Evermotion," we made with [the late] Richard Swift, who was the opposite of all of this. He was a producer that really was ‘first take.’ When we went in to do that record, he didn’t pre-produce. Everything was about being in the moment. He had no patience for anything that took multiple times. He was intuitive and creative. We ended up with a record that didn’t sound hi-fi by a longshot, but had a vibe. 

We were thinking, ‘we’ve done this, now we want to go the opposite way and really painstakingly get very granular. It’s in a few of our sensibilities at this point, Brian and myself especially, to really find every little nuance in the stuff. Between Leo and our mixer Colin, we really [concentrated on that aspect]. I love that we did it. It’s not really fun sometimes, but it’s what we wanted to accomplish with this one for sure.

Q: On the new album, “Hello Mister Sun” sounds like it could’ve been recorded in the mid-to-late 60s. It's quite trippy and effusive. Was that the vibe you were going after?

A: As a pop band, we worship at the altar of The Beatles and Beach Boys and that came through in the writing. Harmonically, it’s all over the place and the time signatures change a bit. In the [rehearsal] room, somebody sang, ‘you can make a rainbow.’ I thought, ‘that was ridiculous.’ But I think we’re in that part of our lives where it is a cool sentiment. It’s gonna be fun and something we may have been more concerned with early in our career: ‘that’s not a cool thing to say.’ I’m so unconcerned with that at this point. It’s a crusher live and that is one of my favorites, for sure.

Q: You might even gain some new really younger fans with it.

A: I heard a long time ago that kids know a hit song. I have kids of my own and I think that is the goal - not to make something sound like The Wiggles. Sophisticated pop music is at its core about melody. Even with our first hit single, “Fa Fa,” it felt like a kid’s song, but that’s good. That what you want in a song, to have it be a little bit of an earworm.

Q: What has the experience been like doing the PBS series "Bardo," now in its second season?

A: Listen, I have so much empathy for you [music journalists]. Knowing what work comes in that you go and do your research. These people [on the program] were on tour and they didn’t have a lot of time. My ask of them was massive – three or four hour interviews. It would require a lot of work on my part and was nerve-wracking. 

I interviewed Meryl from Tune-Yards. I have been a huge fan for a long time, but I really had to brush up on my intersectionality, because their whole record was about white privilege. It was not unpleasant, but I came to respect journalism on a lot of different level and honoring people’s time. 

Ultimately, I really love talking to people and I am an extrovert. I don’t need to talk about myself. If I get an opportunity to talk with Tune-Yards or Milk Carton Kids, who had such a crazy experience with their band, or an EDM artist, I ask, 'how do you make this music?' I’m an extremely curious person. It was really fun. It’s great to talk to other artists in other genres. All these truths I’ve been discovering and we're kind of the same – you don’t know what you’re going to get before you go in there. You have to stay scared. All the nuances of a career are different, but the idea and processes are so similar. 

I’m trying to figure if [the program] can continue or I’m going to do a podcast or something more mobile and less expensive to make. I enjoy going out in the universe talking to people and have it not be about me. A lot of 'Bardo' is bespoke.

Guster's live dates in Southern California start tonight and the tour runs through mid-August. Go to www.guster.com for the full routing.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

An interview with Guster; SoCal tour dates start this week

Nettwerk Records
Ryan Miller decided to get dramatic and ended up with one of the quirkiest, yet successful songs in Guster’s career.

While making eighth studio album “Look Alive,” the vocalist/guitarist adopted a faux British accent for the whimsical Britpop of “Overexcited,” which went top 10 on Billboard’s Triple A Songs chart earlier this year.

“It wasn’t this methodical thing. To be totally honest, I kind of got bored of singing in my own voice,” admitted Miller, 46, during a phone interview from his home in Vermont. Sometimes everyone - guitarist/vocalist Adam Gardner, percussionist Brian Rosenworcel and multi-instrumentalist Luke Reynolds - will do “wacky stuff” in their rehearsal room “just to get out of our zone.”

On a whim, Miller thought, “I’ll play this English character.” Then, as the tune was evolving, he got the other guys’ go ahead. “It almost ended up being like a novelty, but we listen to the Madness song ‘Our House’ a ton and that’s like one of the greatest pop songs ever.”

With the legendary U.K. group’s 1982 smash as a guide, Guster figured, “why not do everything Madness would’ve done and put horns and strings on the end?” The result “comes across as free spirited and inspired. It was fun to do.”

Unsatisfied with two previous attempts at a music video, Guster finally saw a director’s reel from Schall & Schnabel and knew the German multi-visual production team was right for the job.

So Miller headed to Europe to “do whatever they told me to do. If I tried to get into their headspace, it’d probably end up being watered down. I said ‘yes’ to everything and hoped for the best. It was a huge pain in the [butt] to go to Berlin in the middle of a tour, but they were wonderful to work with.”

The amusing clip revolves around a series of first date disasters and a fake dating app called Gusto (fans can watch it and create a pseudo photo profile screen at www.withgusto.app).

Guster formed during the early 1990s in Boston when Miller, Gardner and Rosenworcel attended Tufts University. The folk/pop band independently released debut album “Parachute” in 1994 and had a minor alternative hit four years later with “Airport Song.” Since then, Guster has garnered nine top 20 hits at AAA radio.

Upon a recommendation from eclectic pop artist Regina Spektor, Guster enlisted Leo Abrahams (known for work on Ed Sheeran, Florence and the Machine, Paul Simon, Brian Eno and David Byrne albums), to steer a majority of the “Look Alive” recording sessions.

That smart advice resulted in Guster’s most sonically arresting effort to date, where the musicians utilized a wide array of instruments like mellotron, harpsichord and euphonium. The haunting title track features percolating sounds, “Terrified” has a samba bit, “Hello Mr. Sun” is quite Beatlesque, “Summertime” would probably get Brian Wilson’s approval, the dense and reverb-drenched “Hard Times” recalls Peter Gabriel and the shimmering “Don’t Go” is a clear standout.

“A lot of the cool flourishes and textures came from Leo’s bag of tricks,” affirmed Miller.

Working in a vintage keyboard museum in Canada, where the producer leaned toward using austere-sounding synthesizers, played a major role in the experimentation.

“We definitely felt empowered to get as weird as we wanted. We weren’t not going to do something based on fear.”

One reason for the four-year gap between Guster albums is because band members live in four different states and are always busy with other projects. Miller has scored films for the past decade and hosts “Bardo,” a music excursion series for PBS Vermont (now in its second season); Gardner does a radio show in Maine and is co-executive director of environmental non-profit Reverb (he recently went to Peru as part of a campaign against illegal logging in rainforests); Reynolds is an in-demand session player and has appeared on Neko Case and Miranda Lambert releases.

All those outside work influences have helped the guys develop their skill sets. “We’re not tied to any particular set of sonics. It’s all about what feels inspirational to us,” said Miller.

The front man is excited to perform at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown for the first time while on tour this summer. His 40th birthday party was held there.

“I absconded with a crew from L.A. We went and spent a few days out in at Joshua Tree and a few nights at Pappy’s. I tell people it’s like a bar out of a David Lynch movie.

“I can’t wait to go back. I went with my family for lunch. I follow them on social media. It was such a kick” when they posted we were coming.

A version of my interview originally ran in SCNG newspapers.

Southern California tour dates:

July 11, Humphreys, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, 7:30 p.m. $36, www.humphreysconcerts.com 
July 12, Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, 8 p.m. $35-$49.50, www.fordtheatres.org 
July 13, Pappy and Harriet’s, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown, 8:30 p.m. $31, www.pappyandharriets.com 

Pop singer Mika to make long awaited return to North America with release of upcoming album

This fall, critically acclaimed, platinum-selling international pop singer Mike returns to North America for The Tiny Love Tiny Tour. The headline run starts in September. General ticket on-sale begins July 12 at 10 am local time. The full confirmed itinerary can be found below.

New single and music video “Ice Cream” racked up 1.5 million cumulative streams and 500K YouTube views: music video. It was 
written by Mika and co-written/produced by Daniel Black, along with Mark Crew and Dan Priddy.

“Ice Cream” is the first example of his new full-length, "My Name Is Michael Holbrook" — arriving Oct. 4 via via Republic Records/Casablanca Records.

The track was "written on a day of extreme heat,” Mika says. “It was the last few weeks of writing for the album; a writing period that lasted two years. Through the writing I had confronted personal, serious and at times painful issues, now I felt lighter and freer.”

He continues, “It was August in Italy. I wanted to run away to the sea, or just about anywhere. I dreamt about summer flings with someone totally stunning and out of my reach, I dreamt about the other person I always wish I was during the summer. Instead, I was left with all the discomforts of summer heat. Sweat, work deadlines, bee stings, and all this with no AC.”

“The song is a daydream fantasy.” Mika adds, “It shimmers like a mirage, and makes me feel like anything is possible. Inspired by the irreverent attitude of the music of the 90s; George Michael among others. Dare to be the more proud version of yourself. Dare to be a sensual man, dare to express out loud the desires you always keep inside your head. That’s why and how I wrote it.”

Find the single HERE 

Mika's musical success began with the release of his hit single, “Grace Kelly.” The single was featured on his debut album, Life In Cartoon Motion, which hit #1 in the UK and 11 other countries, going on to sell over 7 million copies worldwide.

Since the debut, he has released three other platinum selling full length albums, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, The Origin of Love, and No Place In Heaven. In addition, Mika has  won a Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act, nominated for Grammys and MTV Europe Music Awards. His Rai 2 prime time variety show “Stasera Casa Mika” won the prestigious Rose D’or Award for Best Entertainment Series in 2017. He has been a judge on France’s The Voice for six years and hosts his own BBC2 Radio show “The Art of Song”.

No. American tour dates:


Sept 13 New York, NY Brooklyn Steel
Sept 15 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Sept 16 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Sept 18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Sept 21 Los Angeles, CA The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Sept 24 Mexico City, MX Plaza Condesa

European tour dates:


Nov 10 London, UK Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Nov 12 Barcelona, Spain Razzmatazz
Nov 13 Madrid, Spain La Riviera
Nov 15 Pau, France Zenith
Nov 16 Toulouse, France Zenith
Nov 18 Aix-en-Provence, France L’Arena du Pays d'Aix
Nov 19 Saint-Étienne, France Zenith
Nov 21 Geneva, Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena
Nov 22 Zurich, Switzerland Komplex 457
Nov 24 Turin, Italy Pala Alpitour
Nov 26 Ancona, Italy Promenteo Palace
Nov 27 Roma, Italy Palalottomatica
Nov 29 Bologna, Italy Unipol Arena
Nov 30 Montichiari, Italy Palageorge
Dec 02 Livorno, Italy Modigliani Forum
Dec 03 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
Dec 14 Brussels, Belgium Forest National
Dec 15 Lille, France Zenith
Dec 17 Dijon, France Le Zenith de Dijon
Dec 19 Floirac, Bordeaux, France Arkea Arena
Dec 20 Nantes, France Zenith
Dec 22 Paris, France Accor Hotel Arena

2020
Jan 24 Caen, France Zenith
Jan 25 Niort, France L’Acclameur
Jan 29 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
Jan 30 MontbĂ©liard, France L’Axone
Feb 01 Padova, Italy Kioene
Feb 02 Bolzano, Italy Palaonda
Feb 05 Napoli, Italy Palapartenope
Feb 07 Bari, Italy Palaflorio
Feb 08 Reggio Calabria, Italy Palacalafiore
Feb 13 Utrecht, Netherlands TivoliVredenburg – Ronda
Feb 14 Strasbourg, France Zenith

More soundtrack news: the Springsteen-centric 'Blinded By The Light' due next month

Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will arrive on digital and CD configurations via Columbia/Legacy on Aug. 9. The 2LP 12" vinyl configurations follow on  Aug. 30 with Barnes & Noble offering an exclusive 2LP 12" orange vinyl edition of the album. Pre-order here: https://BlindedByTheLight.lnk.to/PreOrder.

The soundtrack brings together 12 Bruce Springsteen performances ranging from greatest hits and fan favorites ("Born To Run," "Dancing In The Dark," "Hungry Heart," "Because The Night") to previously unreleased tracks, including the long-sought-after studio recording of "I'll Stand By You."

Also, for the first time on album, Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack presents two live rarities: the debut live performance of "The River" (from No Nukes '79 - Madison Square Garden, NYC - September 21, 1979) and a solo performance of "The Promised Land" (Concert for Valor - The National Mall, Washington DC, November 11, 2014).

In addition to the Springsteen performances, Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack includes period tracks and dialog from the film and premieres "For You My Love," a new song written for the film by soundtrack composer A.R. Rahman ("Slumdog Millionaire").

Inspired by a true story (Sarfraz Manzoor's Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll) and the words and music of Bruce Springsteen, New Line Cinema's "Blinded by the Light" is the new coming-of-age film directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham"). The film follows Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in Luton, England in 1987. Javed's turbulent life amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times is transformed when he is introduced to the music of Bruce Springsteen.

"As a lifelong Bruce fan, I am delighted how this soundtrack takes you through the experience of watching my movie with Springsteen music complemented by the other tracks, including very personal tracks—from my dad's favorite song to a British Bhangra anthem," said writer-director-producer Chadha. "Growing up, Sarfraz and I could never have imagined a universe where all these songs would be on one soundtrack reflecting our lives."

Chadha directed "Blinded by the Light" from a screenplay by Manzoor, Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges. Chadha, Jane Barclay and Jamal Daniel produced the film, with Tory Metzger, Renee Witt, Peter Touche, Stephen Spence, Hannah Leader, Tracy Nurse, and Berges serving as executive producers. "Blinded by the Light" is a New Line Cinema presentation, in association with Levantine Films and Ingenious Media.

A success during this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Blinded by the Light" is slated for release on Aug. 14. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Track listing:

Ode To Javed/Javed's Poem – A.R. Rahman
It's a Sin – Pet Shop Boys
The Sun Always Shines On T.V. – a-ha
"The Boss Of Us All" (dialogue)
Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
"You Should Be Listening To Our Music" (dialogue)
"I Never Knew Music Could Be Like This" (dialogue)
*The River– Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – September 21, 1979) (previously unavailable on an album)
"Number One Paki Film" (dialogue)
Badlands – Bruce Springsteen
Cover Me – Bruce Springsteen
Thunder Road– Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood, CA – October 18, 1975)
Get Outta My Way Fascist Pigs – Amer Chadha-Patel
"Do It For Me" (dialogue)
Prove It All Night – Bruce Springsteen
Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen
"You, Me…and Bruce" (dialogue)
Because The Night – Bruce Springsteen
Maar Chadapa – Heera
*The Promised Land - Bruce Springsteen (Live on The National Mall, Washington, D.C. – November 11, 2014)
Blinded By The Light – Bruce Springsteen
Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
*I'll Stand By You – Bruce Springsteen (previously unreleased studio recording)
*For You My Love – A.R. Rahman (new original song for film)
* previously unavailable on an album

Out now: 'Stanger Things: Soundtrack, Season 3'

Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment has released Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3 in digital and CD formats as well as an FYE-Exclusive cassette.

12" vinyl editions of Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3-- featuring a mini-poster and bonus 7" vinyl single -- will be released on July 26. Exclusive colored variants of the vinyl with bonus items will be available at Walmart, Target and Urban Outfitters while an alternate cover edition will be available that day at Barnes & Noble.

Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3 features 15 classic tracks and the debut of an original cast recording (also featured on the 7" bonus single).


Released in 2017, Legacy's Stranger Things: Music from the Netflix Original Series--comprised primarily of 1980s hits and classic tracks used in the show's first two seasons--debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's US Top Soundtracks chart and was nominated in the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media category at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

"Stranger Things 3," set in 1985, premiered on Netflix, Thursday, July 4. 

Track listing:

1. Baba O’Riley (Confidential MX Remix) - The Who
2. Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones
3. Material Girl - Madonna
4. Cold as Ice - Foreigner
5. She’s Got You - Patsy Cline
6. R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (A Salute to 60’s Rock) - John Mellencamp
7. Neutron Dance - The Pointer Sisters
8. Can’t Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
9. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
10. My Bologna - “Weird Al” Yankovic
11. Moving in Stereo - The Cars
12. Never Surrender - Corey Hart
13. Lovergirl - Teena Marie
14. Workin’ for a Livin’ - Huey Lewis & The News
15. We’ll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
16. Never Ending Story - Gaten Matarazzo and Gabriella Pizzolo

Trisha Yearwood announces new studio album, tour

Trisha Yearwood's upcoming album, Every Girl, arrives in stores and digital services on Aug. 30. Pre-order it HERE. A limited edition special cover art in vinyl and CD will be available for pre-order on her official Talk Shop Live channel for a limited time.

The music video for single “Every Girl In This Town” just debuted on CMT. Watch it HERE.

For the album, Trisha enlisted longtime producer Garth Fundis, who first worked on her double-platinum self-titled 1991 debut. The new songs include “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” [feat. Kelly Clarkson], “What Gave Me Away” [feat. Garth Brooks] and “Love You Anyway” [feat. Don Henley].


As an avowed Linda Ronstadt fan, she reached out to songwriter Karla Bonoff for a collaboration and ended up recording an emotionally charged take on “Home”— originally cut by Bonnie Raitt. Handpicked by Trisha, the record notably showcases the talents of female writers such as Lucie Silvas, Caitlyn Smith, Patricia Conroy, Ashley McBryde, Gretchen Peters and more.

Full track listing is below.

“I approached this album without any pressure or expectations,” she comments. “I’m so grateful the songs were there. I found 14 tunes I couldn’t live without. You want people to recognize you as an artist, but you also want to take them somewhere they haven’t necessarily been with you before. With the freedom of no expectations, I got back to that feeling I felt on my first album, like I have to do this and put it out there. Over the years, I let go of worrying about perfection. I just wanted to have a good time. I realized maybe that’s when you do your best work.”

This fall, she launches her first solo tour in five years. The “Every Girl On Tour” kicks off in October with a special three-night engagement with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Tickets are on sale now at www.trishayearwood.com/tour.

Every Girl follows on the heels of the Frank Sinatra homage, Let’s Be Frank, earlier this year. Trisha previously joined forces with Garth Brooks on his 2014 – 2017 sold out world tour.

Trisha returned to country radio with “Every Girl In This Town.” It was her highest debut to date. 


Track Listing:

Workin’ On Whiskey
Find A Way
Home
Every Girl In This Town
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Featuring Kelly Clarkson)
What Gave Me Away (Featuring Garth Brooks)
Something Kinda Like It
When Lonely Calls
Matador
I’ll Carry You Home
Drink Up
Bible and A .44
Can’t Take Back Goodbye
Love You Anyway (Featuring Don Henley)


Tour dates:

10/03/19 Nashville, TN Schermerhorn Symphony Center
10/04/19 Nashville, TN Schermerhorn Symphony Center
10/05/19 Nashville, TN Schermerhorn Symphony Center
10/13/19 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10/24/19 Carmel, IN The Center for the Performing Arts - The Palladium
10/25/19 St. Louis, MO Stifel Theatre
10/26/19 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
10/27/19 Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square - KeyBank State Theatre
11/02/19 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
11/03/19 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre
11/04/19 Fort Worth, TX Bass Performance Hall
11/07/19 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
11/08/19 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
11/09/19 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
11/21/19 New York, NY Town Hall Theatre
11/22/19 Boston, MA Wilbur Theatre
11/23/19 Wilkes-Barre, PA The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
11/24/19 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
12/04/19 Melbourne, FL Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
12/05/19 Fort Lauderdale, FL Parker Playhouse
12/06/19 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
12/07/19 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
12/08/19 Naples FL, Artis-Naples - Hayes Hall

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Berlin + Terri Nunn news

Terri Nunn, John Crawford, and David Diamond, the original multi-platinum selling Berlin band members, first made a national impression 40 years ago with the single “The Metro” and the provocative single, “Sex (I’m A..).

Now the classic lineup has a new album Transcendance - their first since 1984’s Love Life - due Aug. 2 on Cleopatra Records. It will be the trio’s fourth studio album together. The album is produced by ARIA award-winning Australian producers Andy and Thom Mak.

Billboard.com premiered one of the tracks and announced the album:
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8510681/berlin-terri-nunn-reunion-new-album

Read the new article about Berlin in People Magazine:
https://people.com/music/berlins-terri-nunn-talks-new-music-getting-the-band-back-together-and-top-gun-2/ 

As the band celebrates their 40th anniversary this year, they will take their new and classic music out on tour with their own headlining dates and supporting dates with the B-52’s. There are also UK/European tour dates.

Says Nunn of working again with her original band mates John and David, “It’s a gift I never thought I’d get again! Back in the beginning, I felt scared a lot - of losing this job, of not being good enough - and John was stressed out often trying to write the hit songs the label wanted from us. David Diamond got so stressed out by the band, he left during the second album. Now we’re all older and one of the perks of that is enjoying the ride more that we get to have musically together, relaxing more and appreciating what we have. Less ego involved or need to prove ourselves. We’re also better at what we do, so it’s even more fun writing & playing together now.”

Track listing:

1. I Want You
2. Show Me Tonight
3. Transcendance
4. Lust
5. On My Knees
6. Sex (I'm A...)
7. No One Left Alive
8. All For Love
9. In My Heart
10. Majesty

available in a deluxe six-panel digipak with full lyrics

Transcendance is available on all major digital service providers for pre-order/pre-save:
https://orcd.co/berlintranscendance 

CD album pre-orders: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/berlin-transcendance-cd/

www.berlinpage.com/
U.S. Tour dates:

Berlin Headline dates/Festivals and dates with B-52’s
*Berlin Headline Dates/Festivals:

JULY

5 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest*
6 Nashville, TN The Cowan*
24 Paso Robles, CA California MD-State Fair*
28 Costa Mesa, CA The Hangar@ OC Fair* 

AUG
3 San Diego, CA Embarcadero Marina
4 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater
6 Portland, OR Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
7 Seattle, WA BECU ZooTunes Concert Series
8 Missoula, MT Kettlehouse Amphitheater
10 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
11 Murphys, CA Ironstone Amphitheatre
12 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
14 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
16 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
17 Dillon, CO Dillon Amphitheater
18 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
21 San Antonio, TX The Majestic Theater
22 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
24 Sugarland, TX Smart Financial Centre
25 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre
28 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall

SEPT
6 Greensboro, NC White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
7 Atlanta, GA Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
8 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center at the Heights
10 Chicago, IL City Winery Chicago*
11 Grand Rapids, MI Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens
13 Toronto, ONT, CA Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
14 Detroit, MI Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
17 Washington, DC The Anthem
19 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts
20 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater
21 Buffalo, NY Riviera Theatre*
22 Cleveland, OH House of Blues Cleveland*
24 New York, NY Summerstage – Central Park
29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Broward Center for Performing Arts


European tour:

NOV
22 London Islington Academy 
24 Milton Keynes Crauford Arms
26 Newcastle Riverside
27 Chester Live Rooms 
28 Southampton 1865
30 UK Bognor Regis Electric Dreams

DEC

1 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
2 Wolverhampton Robin 2 
4 Brighton The Haunt 
5 Holland Amsterdam Q Factory 
9 Germany Munich Backstage 
11 Germany Siegburg Kubana
12 Belgium Oostende Casino Kursaal 

Redlands Bowl preview: Jeff Dayton’s 'Salute to Glen Campbell'

photo: Karen Will Rogers
Tribute bands are always performing somewhere, but they rarely have a direct association with the original act.

That’s what makes this Salute to Glen Campbell show a must-see for fans of the legendary Arkansas entertainer who died in 2017 after a long public fight with Alzheimer’s.

The unique concert, coming to the Redlands Bowl on July 9, includes ample hits and anecdotes.

“It’s got credibility. We’re not John Denver last week and Rod Stewart next week like some tribute bands. We have a connection to Glen and his music,” said Jeff Dayton, who spent 15 years (and did nearly 4,000 gigs) with Campbell as guitarist/bandleader.

Dayton often brings along other past Campbell musicians, so there’s “more than one version of the story,” he said. A couple of them will be joining the group onstage in Redlands. “People say they love to hear the songs again and [especially] the stories. We talk about The Wrecking Crew, the TV show, what it was like on the road, time spent on the golf course and the kind of guy he was.”

A Minneapolis native, Dayton studied jazz music at the University of Minnesota (where he backed up Dizzy Gillespie) and briefly played in a band alongside Prince and the Revolution drummer Bobby Z. Dayton earned a music degree at Arizona State University, segued into folk/country music and had a song placement on George Strait’s platinum album, “Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.”

While living and touring around the Grand Canyon State with the Jeff Dayton Band during the late 1980s, he landed an opening slot for Alabama and Merle Haggard in Phoenix. Campbell attended, liked what he saw, jammed with JDB at a private golf event and invited them on tour.

During Dayton’s tenure with Campbell, they performed at local venues including the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, National Orange Show, Dinah Shore Golf Tournament, Marriott Desert Springs, Orange County Fair with Mark & Brian from KLOS-FM, Crazy Horse Saloons and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Dayton can be heard playing on 1990s efforts “Live! His Greatest Hits” and “Christmas with Glen Campbell.”

The genesis for the special live tribute concert came to Dayton around late 2015.

“I’d had several requests to sing a night of Glen’s music,” he said. “I talked to his management. They were all for it and said, ‘If anybody’s going to go out and do his hits, you’re really the guy to do it.’ It’s really been a wonderful, growing thing. People really love Glen’s music and everywhere I go, they have a lot of obvious joy, great memories and questions.”

In addition to well-known tunes, which Dayton called “the big mountains,” he also does a solo midsection “where I talk about his work in the studio” and all the songs he played on that people might not realize. “Glen put out over 60 albums. I used to kid him and say, ‘We could do a whole show of your hits and do another show and not repeat one song of your B hits.’ He’d reply, ‘What do you mean? They’re all A hits!’”

Those in attendance in Redlands can also expect to hear Dayton’s touching original Campbell-inspired composition “Long Slow Train Out of Town,” at the Redlands show.

“That song really hits a nerve in people,” he said. “I’ve had grown men who I don’t even know walk up to me after a show and just sob on my shoulder because it affected them so deeply. I’m really grateful for that connection with people and that they respond. Every songwriter wants somebody to find something [relatable] in their material. This one seems to be doing that all across the board.”

Besides the Campbell connection, Dayton’s career has included touring stints during the 2000s with Kenny Chesney and Lee Greenwood, writing for Doug Stone and Montgomery Gentry and, more recently, as an extra on the TV series “Nashville” and actor on “Hawaii Five-O.” He also developed the interactive songwriting experience Making Music Nashville Style, produces up-and-coming musicians, performs and records with his own band and regularly does benefits for Alzheimer’s and dementia organizations.

On a related note, longtime Campbell enthusiasts have had some worthy new archival releases to choose from over the past year. “Sings for the King” is a collection of rarely heard Campbell-sung tunes (“Spinout,” “Easy Come, Easy Go,” “Clambake,” “Stay Away Joe”) from 1964-68 that were originally made as demo recordings for Elvis Presley to record. It includes a new studio-constructed duet of both artists on the gospel song “We Call on Him.”

Capitol Records just put out “Glen Campbell – The Legacy (1961-2017),” an impressive four-disc, 78-song box set that touches upon nearly every one of the singer/guitarist’s albums. The physical edition sports an embossed cover, 60-page booklet chock full or rare photos, complete session credits and an informative essay by veteran San Francisco music journalist Joel Selvin.

The collection provides a complete picture of the artist beyond the best-known hits. Most notable: several duets with Anne Murray, Bobbie Gentry and Rita Coolidge; the Brian Wilson-penned and produced “Guess I’m Dumb”; “Good Time Hour” variety show renditions of “MacArthur Park” and Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe.”; the final career recordings of tunes by Green Day, Foo Fighters and Paul Westerberg of The Replacements.

Jeff Dayton’s “A Salute to Glen Campbell” 
Where: Redlands Bowl, 25 Grant St., Redlands 
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 
Admission: free

A version of the article originally appeared in the summer issue of Redlands Magazine, the Redlands Daily Facts and Riverside Press Enterprise.

Frank Turner salutes women on next album 'No Man's Land'

Frank Turner has announced details of his forthcoming eighth new album, No Man's Land, set for Aug. 16 on Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. With producer Catherine Marks (St. Vincent, Local Natives) at the helm and featuring a dynamic cast of all-female musicians, it is an album dedicated to telling the stories of notable women whose lives have often been overlooked.

"These stories should have been told already," says Turner of the album and its accompanying podcast series, "Tales From No Man's Land" which launches its first episode today. "And I suspect if they were men they would be better known."

PREORDER NEW ALBUM NO MAN'S LAND
LISTEN TO NEW PODCAST "TALES FROM NO MAN'S LAND"

The women featured on the album's 13 tracks come from across wide geographical and historical lines. There's Byzantine princess Kassiani (The Hymn of Kassiani), Egyptian feminist activist Huda Sha'arawi (The Lioness), and Resusci Anne (Rescue Annie), an apocryphal drowned virgin whose face was used as the model for the medical CPR mannequin across the world ("You can't not write a song about a woman who died never having been kissed and then became the most kissed face in history," reasons Turner).

There's the serial killer from the Deep South who plucked her victims from lonely hearts pages (Nannie Doss), the jazz-obsessed heiress who fought for the Free French (Nica Rothschild), a rowdy coach house landlady from 17th century Camden Town accused of witchcraft (Jinny Bigham) and the Wild West vaudeville star shot by a smalltown outlaw (Dora Hand). 

"It's bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from each other - history and songwriting," explains Turner, who can be found seeking out long-forgotten historical sites on self-guided psycho-geographical strolls when he's not packing out arenas or headlining festivals.

First single 'Sister Rosetta' is about Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the most important and influential musicians in American History. On it, you can hear guitar breaks lifted from Tharpe's own back catalogue. "Which I found challenging, because she's a way better guitar player than me," admits Turner.

Despite the record's implicit feminism, it doesn't see Turner's clambering onto any kind of soapbox. "It's not telling anyone what to do or how to live or how to be," he explains, prepared for a variety of different reactions to the project, including those who might be wondering if it's really his place to be singing songs of disenfranchised women. "If there was a crowded field of people writing songs about Princess Kassiani then I would see the argument for me bowing out, but there isn't," he states. "No-one else is writing these songs right now. That's why I want to share these stories."

The album also includes a song written in tribute to his mother, Rosemary Jane, honoring her grit and determination through the harder parts of his childhood.

No stranger to appearing on other people's shows, Turner's own podcast "Tales From No Man's Land" takes a deep dive into each song, like a sonic Cliffs Notes. Produced in collaboration with Somethin' Else content agency, it sees Turner talking to historians and experts at places important to the women on the record, from Jinny Bingham's coach house - which is now Camden's Underworld venue - to Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame which only last year honored Rosetta Tharpe, the Dodge City's Boot Hill Museum and Southwark's Cross Bones graveyard.

Each finishes up with Turner singing an acoustic version of the song. "I'm not someone who believes in the supernatural, but there's definitely an imprint when you're at the place that was important to them," says Turner. "It feels like a nice honoring, and a way to say 'hey, we're still thinking about you'."

The first episode of the podcast is out now. There will be 13 episodes, releasing weekly and the podcast will be available from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast and all other podcast platforms.

Track listing:

1. Jinny Bingham's Ghost
2. Sister Rosetta
3. I Believed You, William Blake
4. Nica
5. A Perfect Wife
6. Silent Key
7. Eye of the Day
8. The Death of Dora Hand
9. The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead
10. The Lioness
11. The Hymn of Kassiani
12. Rescue Annie
13. Rosemary Jane

UK SUMMER TOUR DATES:

JULY
5th Ashton Hall, Lancaster (Solo Show Benefit for Morecambe Food Bank)
6th & 7th King Tuts, Glasgow (Solo Show)
11th2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
12th Wasteland Festival, Newcastle
14th Folk By The Oak Festival, Hatfield

AUGUST
3rd Wickham Festival, Fareham
4th Tunes in the Castle, Exeter
9th Cropredy Festival, Cropredy
22nd Cottingham Folk Festival (Solo Show)
25th Greenbelt Festival, Kettering

Florence + the Machine’s debut album 'Lungs' to get expanded box set release

Florence + the Machine’s debut album Lungs was released a decade ago today. To celebrate, Florence + the Machine have created a special collectors box set and digital package that offer up a number of unheard songs, B-sides and rarities including two unreleased demos, “My Best Dress” and “Donkey Kosh” available today.

Lungs (10th Anniversary Edition) will be available both digitally and in physical format (LP, Burgundy LP) on Aug. 16—pre-order here. In addition, there will be a beautiful cloth bound deluxe box set which includes the original Lungs album on pink vinyl, as well as an LP of bonus material that has been curated by Florence herself that has never been available on vinyl before.

This material includes three previously unreleased demo tracks, a rare acoustic version of “My Boy Builds Coffins” and a cover of “Oh! Darling” Live at Abbey Road. Also included within the box are postcards and inserts showcasing previously unseen images from the Lungs era.

Florence + the Machine have released four critically acclaimed albums. Lungs (2009), Ceremonials (2011) and How Big, How Blue (2015) that all reached number 1 in the UK album charts (among many others globally).

More recently, she won an Ivor Novello Award for international Achievement in 2017 and her latest album High As Hope (2018) brought with it her third Mercury Music Prize nomination plus two BRIT Awards nominations.

Florence + the Machine will return to London on July 13th the head up the Saturday night of British Summertime Ball in Hyde Park.

Track listing:

1. Dog Days Are Over
2. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
3. I’m Not Calling You A Liar
4. Howl
5. Kiss With A Fist
6. Girl With One Eye
7. Drumming Song
8. Between Two Lungs
9. Cosmic Love
10. My Boy Builds Coffins
11. Hurricane Drunk
12. Blinding
13. You’ve Got The Love
14. Bird Song
15. My Boy Builds Coffins (Acoustic)
16. My Best Dress (Demo)
17. Donkey Kosh (Demo)
18. Hospital Beds
19. Falling
20. Ghosts (Demo)
21. Postcards from Italy (Demo)
22. Swimming
23. Are You Hurting The One You Love?
24. Oh! Darling (Live at Abbey Road)

Out now: Griffin House's 'Rising Star,' with Joy Williams duet

Singer-songwriter Griffin House has released Rising Star, his 13th album. It features co-writes with fellow Nashville musicians Brian Elmquist (The Lone Bellow), Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), and longtime collaborator Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), with the first two lending their voices to the recordings.

House also stars in the full-length documentary film “Rising Star”, set for release this year; co-produced with music video director and filmmaker Shane Drake, the film chronicles House's life as a musician and traveling artist, juggling fame and reality. The film features music from his new album as well as his previous catalog. The album is available on CD and vinyl, and digitally via iTunes.

With the help of old friends Paul Moak and Grammy-winning “Album of the Year” producer Ian Fitchuk, Rising Star was done at Moak’s legendary recording studio, The Smoakstack. 

“It was so good to reunite with them and work together again,” House says about Moak and Fitchuk, who helped House make his very first record many years ago. “It’s amazing to watch these guys I started out with in the very beginning who are now world-class musicians and producers winning Grammys. This album seemed to come together with a little more grace and ease than records I’ve made in the past, and I think so much of that is attributed to how good the people I got worth with on this record are, they all just happen to be really good friends too.”

Rising Star opens with its title track, written with House’s old touring buddy, Faroe Islands singer/songwriter Teitur. 

“We thought of as many country cliches as we could, and we started to tell the story of a ‘rising star’ who moves to Music City with a guitar and a dream, like so many do,” says House of their songwriting process.

“At first it was just a song that made us laugh, but as time went on, I liked ‘Rising Star’ so much I decided to put it on my new record.”

The album’s penultimate song is sung as a duet with co-writer Williams. “We worked on the words for an hour or two, and then out of nowhere, she sang this beautiful chorus,” remembers House. “We broke for lunch and came back and finished it that afternoon. It was one of those songs that took years to live and only one short day to write.” 

About Griffin House:

Recording and performing for over 15 years, Griffin House has toured with John Mellencamp, The Cranberries, Josh Ritter, Mat Kearny and Brett Dennen. House continues to headline almost 100 shows a year in the U.S. 

Tour dates:

August 14 – Dallas, TX – Opening Bell Coffee
August 15 – Austin, TX – The 04 Center
August 16 – Houston, TX – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
August 17 – Fort Worth, TX – The Post at River East
September 5 – Knoxville, TN – Open Chord
September 6 – Bluffton, SC – Roasting Room Lounge & Listening Room
September 7 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
October 1 – St. Louis, MO – The Duck Room
October 3 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
October 4 – Evanston, IL – Space

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

'Live 1969,' archival Elvis Presley in Las Vegas box set, due next month

The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas residency at the International Hotel will be commemorated this summer with "Live 1969," a deluxe 11-CD box set out Aug. 9 on RCA/Legacy.

Marking his return to the stage for the first time in eight years, Elvis’ 1969 Vegas run featured 57 sold-out shows and the live debut of “Suspicious Minds” (the track celebrates its 50th anniversary on Aug. 26). The King of Rock and Roll was backed by two vocal groups (The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations), a full orchestra and a band later known as the TCB band.

For the first time ever, "Live 1969" features the release of eleven complete sets from Elvis’ '69 engagement. Of these, four are being released in full for the first time ever - including two Elvis shows that have remained almost completely unheard for fifty years (Aug. 22, 25). 

The package also includes a 52-page booklet with rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history by Ken Sharp curated from historic interviews with Elvis, Colonel Tom Parker, Tom Jones, Jerry Schilling, James Burton, Cissy Houston, Terry Blackwood, George Klein, Fats Domino and more.

Also, being released on Aug. 9 is the special 2-LP Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 26, 1969. The vinyl release features Elvis’ complete set from August 26’s Midnight show.

Fans who pre-order these releases through ShopElvis.com can select from bundle packages that include an exclusive t-shirt and a replica International Hotel keychain.

Additionally, an exclusive limited-edition hot pink and yellow version of the 2-LP Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 26, 1969, will be available through Shop Graceland, and fans who use Shop Graceland to pre-order will also receive a collector's item Elvis TCB keychain with purchase.

Check our this trailer for Elvis 1969: https://Elvis.lnk.to/1969TrailerPR

Listen and follow the Elvis Presley: Live 1969 & More playlist: https://Elvis.lnk.to/L1969PLPR

Besides "Live in 1969," RCA/Legacy Recordings will release "American Sound 1969" digitally on Aug. 23. The collection features over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis’ 1969 American Sound Studio sessions – which resulted in "From Elvis In Memphis" record later that year.

"American Sound 1969" is available for pre-order now: https://Elvis.lnk.to/AS1969PR

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Rodney Crowell lines up Ringo Starr, Steve Earle, other major talent for upcoming album

photo: Sam Esty
Grammy-winning veteran singer/songwriter RODNEY CROWELL teams with fellow Texan Randy Rogers in the official video for his track “Flatland Hillbillies,” now on multiple CMT platforms.

Watch the CMT premiere HERE.

Written by Crowell and Mary Karr, the track features backing vocals from Rogers and Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack. It is part of Crowell’s upcoming collaboration album,Texas, which explores the celebrated artist’s Lone Star roots with an eclectic cast of all-star friends. Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ronnie Dunn, Billy F Gibbons, Vince Gill and Steve Earle also contribute to the set. It is due out Aug. 15 via RC1.

Crowell returns to the road in August and later that month, he will be the recipient of the ACM Poet’s Award at the 2019 ACM Honors hosted at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 

About Rodney Crowell:

With more than 40 years of American roots music under his belt, Texas native Crowell is a two-time Grammy Award winner with five Number One hits of his own. He has written chart-topping hits for Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban and more.

He has also penned songs for artists as diverse as Bob Seger, Etta James, the Grateful Dead, John Denver, Jimmy Buffett and others. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Crowell is also the author of the acclaimed memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, and teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr for Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell in 2012.

Crowell was honored with ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award in 2017, and that same year released the album Close Ties, which spawned another Grammy nomination for “It Ain’t Over Yet” with Rosanne Cash and John Paul White in the category of Best Americana Song.

In 2018, he launched his own record label, RC1, and released his Acoustic Classic project. 

Track listing:

1. “Flatland Hillbillies” (feat. Lee Ann Womack, Randy Rogers)
2. “Caw Caw Blues” (feat. Vince Gill)
3. “56 Fury” (feat. Billy Gibbons)
4. “Deep In the Heart of Uncertain Texas” (feat. Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Womack)
5. “You’re Only Happy When You’re Miserable” (feat. Ringo Starr)
6. “I’ll Show Me”
7. “What You Gonna Do Now” (feat. Lyle Lovett)
8. “The Border”
9. “Treetop Slim & Billy Lowgrass”
10. “Brown & Root, Brown & Root” (feat. Steve Earle)
11. “Texas Drought Part 1”

Tour Dates:

August 2 Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
August 3 Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Club Casino
August 4 Nicasio, CA @ Rancho Nicasio
August 10 Carthage, TX @ Carthage Civic Center
August 12 Pascagoula, MS @ Grand Magnolia
August 13 Baton Rouge, LA @ Manship Theatre
August 15 Houston, TX @ Heights Theater
August 16 Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
August 17 Coupland, TX @ Coupland Dance Hall
August 20 San Angelo, TX @ The House of Fifi Dubois
August 23 Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Theater
August 24 Amarillo, TX @ Hoot’s Pub
August 25 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Sept 4 Kenney, TX @ The Kenney Store
Sept 6 Waco, TX @ Backyard Bar Stage & Grill
Sept 7 New Braunfels, TX @ Gruene Hall
Sept 18-19 Franklin, TN @ Franklin Theatre
Sept 20 Asheville, NC @ Diana Wortham Theatre
Sept 21 Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theater
Nov 6 Saratoga, CA @ Carriage House Theater
Nov 8 Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theatre
Nov 13 Eugene, OR @ The Shedd Institute
Nov 14 Portland, OR @ Alberta Rose Theatre
Nov 15 Edmonds, OR @ Edmonds Center for the Arts
Nov 21 Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
Nov 22 Bozeman, MT @ The Ellen
Nov 23 Billings, MT @ Pub Station
Jan 30, 2020 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ PV Concert Hall
Jan 31 Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre
Feb 3-9 Cayamo Cruise
April 3 Bartlett, TN @ Bartlett Performing Arts Conference Center
April 23 Wausau, WI @ Grand Theater