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Brooks, Kix - new to this town [2012]
Brooks & Dunn sind Geschichte, doch nach Ronnie Dunn kommt nun auch die andere Häfte des erfolgreichsten Country-Duos aller Zeiten mit einem Solo-Album! "New to this town" heisst das hervorragend gelungene Werk, mit dem Kix Brooks eindrucksvoll offenbart, was er auch ohne seinen kongenialen Partner in der Lage zu leisten ist. 12 starke Nummern, zumeist sehr kraftvoll und knackig in Szene gesetzt (der Balladen-Anteil ist klar in der Minderzahl), zwischen traditionellen Anlagen und sehr abwechslungsreichem, zuweilen durchaus rockigem New Country. Gast, Slide-Gitarrist und Duett-Partner beim Titelstück ust übrigens Joe Walsh (The Eagles). Die Musik passt durchaus zur Philosophie, die auch Brooks & Dunn verkörperten, hat aber auch ihren eigenen Pep. Die Melodien sind prima! Gratulation an Kix Brooks zu diesem großartigen Album!

Wen es interessiert: Hier im Original eine sehr ausführliche, aktuelle Biographie mit der Geschichte zum neuen Album im Original-Wortlaut:

"Wish I was new to this town
Just pullin’ in checking it out for the first time”
— “New to This Town” by Kix Brooks, Marv Green and Terry McBride

It’s been more than 30 years since Kix Brooks was new to the town that he made his home, where he married, raised two children and built an accomplished career as a songwriter, singer and half of the most successful duo in country music history, a weekly national radio show host, magazine columnist, film producer, actor, winery owner and active and influential member of the music industry and community at large.

And yet here he is, picking up where he started when he really was new to this town, when his very first solo single in 1983 lumbered up the country chart to #73 before being hijacked by gravity into oblivion.

“New to This Town” is the title cut from the album that he hopes will reintroduce him to music fans, not exactly as a brand new man—to borrow a phrase from a song he co-wrote many moons ago—but as his own man, with his own songs to sing and his own unique story to tell.
Though the song is about a romantic relationship, metaphorically it suggests another interpretation. “When you’re starting out, there’s so much fear that if you screw up or put out the wrong record, you’ve lost that chance to live your dream. At this point in my career, there’s a different kind of uncertainty and risk that the people who have seen me perform for 20 years as half of Brooks & Dunn won’t be able to see me as anything but that. So in that sense, being new to town would be good to be able to do again.”

Kix Brooks’ career as a musician began long before he came to Nashville, which is less than 100 miles from where the Louisiana native was shipped off for high school at Tennessee’s Sewanee Military Academy. “I wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t good,” he confesses with a smile. “The discipline was good for me. It gave me structure and problem-solving skills, which are really helpful for creative people.”

Brooks grew up in a musical family, had his first guitar before he hit his teens, and while in Sewanee, he began playing coffee houses with his roommate, Nashville native Jody Williams. “Jody turned me on to the Opry,” expanding the range of country music that Brooks already loved. “I was a fan of bluegrass, rock and outlaw country, people like Willie, Cash and Roger Miller. I loved the Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker. ”
After graduation, he went to Louisiana Tech, gaining a foundational education in reading music and the theory of composition while getting hands-on experience playing clubs around town. Realizing that he wasn’t cut out to be in the marching band, school choir, or orchestra—which were required for a music degree—he switched his major to speech and got into theater, both of which would later serve him well.

A brief sabbatical from school led him to Alaska in 1976, working for his dad, a pipeline contractor. The job was great seed money, he recalls, “So when I got home, I bought a new car, a new guitar, a bottle of whiskey, and I was ready to get back at it.

“I had a band and I did some solo stuff. I could bang on a guitar and open up for just about anybody playing clubs in Shreveport. My plan was to be somebody.”
But an invitation from his sister put “Plan A” on hold. “She called me out of the blue and asked if I would come to Maine and help her with a television production company. So I was doing radio and television production, commercials, and it was a great experience. But I was also playing clubs and was still drawn to that. I enjoyed advertising, I enjoyed Maine. But in my heart of hearts, I just wanted to play music.”

So he took off again for Louisiana but stopped in Nashville to visit with his old roommate Jody Williams. “We stayed up all night talking and playing music, and Jody tried to talk me into staying. He said I could make a living writing songs. I said, ‘A, you’re nuts, and B, I’m going to New Orleans to play music.’”
But as fun as it was, the pace—and the partying—began to take a toll. “I called Jody up and said, ‘Do you really think I could make a living writing songs?’ and he said, ‘Get your ass up here!’”

True to his word, Williams gave Brooks a place to crash and found him a job with a concert production company while arranging meetings for him with music publishers around town.

“Everybody was really nice for about half a song, and then I wrote some more songs and called them back, and everyone was always out to lunch. So I started breaking songs down and figuring out what these guys were doing, which doesn’t mean you can do it, but at least I did my homework and really started working harder at trying to figure out how to do it. I realized it was one thing to make people smile in bars and another thing to make a living as a songwriter in Nashville.”
His hard work paid off, and less than two years after pulling into town, Brooks had a publishing deal and a #1 cut. Some things didn’t pan out, like his first album in 1983 on a label that went defunct before the album was released and a 1989 album on Capitol that went nowhere fast.
But he was making a living—a good living—writing songs for Tree Publishing, where exec Paul Worley took some of his demos to veteran music man Tim DuBois, head of the Arista Nashville record label. DuBois suggested that Brooks write with the winner of a talent competition, a tall, big-voiced Texan named Ronnie Dunn. When DuBois heard their song demos, the rest became Brooks & Dunn history.

In their 20-year ride, the duo recorded 10 studio albums, released 50 singles, scored 23 #1 hits, sold more than 30 million albums, sold out tours from coast to coast and became one of the most awarded acts in country music history.

But in August of 2009, they revealed what had long been a topic between the partners themselves: that after a final tour and a final compilation album, Brooks & Dunn would be no more.

“It was always an arranged marriage that happened to work out really well and produce some great kids. But after 20 amazing, dream-like years, it was time.”
As for the notion of recording a solo album, Brooks took his time—or as much time as realistic for someone who owns a thriving winery, hosts a weekly syndicated radio show, forms a film production company, takes on roles in three movies and writes all but one of the songs for the soundtrack for the western To Kill a Memory, as well as co-writing the soundtrack for a Christmas movie.

“I have a lot of interests, and I wasn’t at that point thinking of what I would do next. I was kind of looking forward to chilling for a year or so. I wanted to take my time. I started writing during the last B&D tour, and when we got done, I kept writing while we were making movies.”
When the time felt right, Brooks approached his album with customary enthusiasm, producing and recording nearly 50 songs before beginning the challenging process of narrowing the field. “There were a few like [the Brooks/Leslie Satcher co-write] ‘Moonshine Road’ that I was sort of building the album around,” he says, “so you try to take the ones that fit the other songs the best, that fit you best, or where the track is just smoking.”

The result is a record that is emphatically and uniquely Kix Brooks—rocking, smoky, swampy and bluesy, with belts of bayou and hits of Cajun zydeco. Nine of the album’s dozen tracks bear Brooks’ name as a co-writer, collaborating with such longtime friends and writing luminaries as Bob DiPiero and David Lee Murphy (on the lyrically clever “Closin’ Time at Home”), Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson (for the mid-tempo musical celebration of “Bring It on Home”), and Marv Green and Terry McBride on “New to This Town,” the title track single that almost didn’t make the album.

“We were kind of done with everything, I had recorded the album, and Jay DeMarcus and I were doing the soundtrack for a Christmas movie over at his house. But I was thinking about that song, so he was nice enough to help me produce it and let me use the pickers while we were working there. He really liked the song, so I said, ‘Let’s do it together.’”

Later, “The engineer from my radio show said, ‘You ought to get some Joe Walsh-sounding slide on that.’ I’m like, ‘Hmm, what if I could get Joe Walsh?’ My manager is partners with Irving Azoff, who sent it to Joe, and he called me up and put the slide on there for me. So that worked out great.”
In a new-to-this-town, full-circle touch, the album also features two songs that Brooks wrote with Rafe Van Hoy. With Deborah Allen, they penned Brooks’ first #1 as a songwriter (John Conlee’s ’83 chart-topper, “I’m Only in It for the Love”), and they pair here on the backsliding fun of “Complete 360” and team with Curly Putman on the groove-and-soul-filled, after-hours portrait of “my baby’s” “Tattoo.”

Now, with his album complete, Brooks is just looking forward to getting it into the hands of fans and resuming the solo career that began long ago when his entire plan “was to be somebody.”

“That fear I had at one point in my career where you’re scared to death to make the wrong move, I don’t feel that way now. But you still really want to do something that is relevant and makes people rock, and look out at a crowd and know you have connected, you’ve hit that nerve. I don’t think you ever get over that.”

(This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. New to this Town - 4:20
2. Moonshine Road - 4:21
3. Bring It On Home - 3:44
4. There's the Sun - 3:05
5. Complete 360 - 3:16
6. My Baby - 2:55
7. Tattoo - 3:25
8. In the Right Place - 3:47
9. Next to That Woman - 3:21
10. Let's Do This Thing - 2:57
11. Closin' Time at Home - 3:37
12. She Knew I Was a Cowboy - 3:22

Art-Nr.: 7907
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Crow, Sheryl - feels like home [2013]
Wunderbar! Das mit Spannung erwartete, neue Album der mehrfachen Grammy-Gewinnerin muss man ohne "Wenn und Aber" als eines ihrer stärksten der jüngeren Vergangenheit bewerten. Man spürt regelrecht die Freude, mit der sie dieses Werk eingespielt hat - und das kommt voller Frische und Authentizität rüber. "Feels like home" ist das erste Countryalbum von Sheryl Crow, ein lang ersehnter Wunsch, den sie nun endlich in die Tat umsetzte. Dementsprechend zog es sie nach Nashville, um dort mit der absoluten "Crème de la Crème" der Szene zusammenzuarbeiten. "It wasn't until I moved here that I realized what an amazing community it is", erzählt sie darüber und ergänzt: "It's the thing I've been missing my whole career, the feeling of being able to sit around with a guitar and have people know each other's songs and know songs from people who've influenced all of us. When I moved here pretty early on Vince Gill started calling me to do guitar pulls, and I thought, gosh, this is just like heaven on earth down here". Sheryl Crow gelingt mit dem Werk die perfekte Gratwanderung zwischen Country, Countryrock und der Musik, die sie berühmt machte. Ja, das ist das Album, das trotz aller Countrystrukturen den früheren Werken am nächsten kommt. Immer wieder verarbeitet sie rockige Momente, rootsige und Americana-mässige Charakteristika, sodass "Feels like home" das wohl typischste Sheryl Crow-Album seit langem ist. Wir hören Pedal Steel, akustische Gitarren und Mandoline, aber kaum Fiddle (nur 1 Stück), kein Banjo, keinen typischen Honky Tonk. Vorwiegend bestimmen jede Menge erdige E-Gitarren das musikalische Ambiente. Nie wird sie zu traditionell, bringt dennoch ihre Liebe zum Country deutlich zum Ausdruck (am ehesten Richtung Miranda Lambert oder The Pistol Annies) und behält dabei immer ihre rockigen Wurzeln im Auge. Vereinzelt (bei 3, 4 Stücken) eingesetzte Streicher stören überhaupt nicht, sondern bereichern vielmehr die instrumentelle Vielfalt. Die Songs sind durchweg exzellent und stecken voller hinreissender, eingängiger Melodien. Das hat ganz große Qualität. Bis auf zwei Songs stammt das gesamte Material aus der gemeinsamen Feder von Sheryl Crow und namhaften Nashville-Songwritern wie z. B. Chris Dubois, Luke Laird, Al Anderson, Leslie Satcher, Natalie Hemby und Brad Paisley. Aber auch ihr alter Weggefährte Jeff Trott ist beteiligt. Unter den Musikern, sind solche Größen wie u. a. Greg Morrow (drums), Richerd Bennett, ex The Black Crowes-Klampfer Audley Freed, Jedd Hughes, Kenny Greenberg (alle electric guitar), Glenn Worf (bass), Ilya Toshinsky (mandolin, acoustic guitar, dobro), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), sowie Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) mit tollem Zweitgesang bei einem Stück, Ashley Monroe und Vince Gill (alle background vocals) mit an Bord. "Feels like´home" ist ein absoluter Volltreffer und zeigt Sheryl Crow in bestechender Verfassung. Wir sind tief beeindruckt. Ein neues, großartiges Kapitel in der erfolgreichen Karriere dieser fantastischen Künstlerin.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Shotgun - 3.14
2. Easy - 4.12
3. Give It to Me - 3.57
4. We Oughta Be Drinkin' - 3.52
5. Callin' Me When I'm Lonely - 3.25
6. Waterproof Mascara - 3,32
7. Crazy Ain't Original These Days - 3.17
8. Nobody's Business - 3,34
9. Homesick - 4.05
10. Homecoming Queen - 3.24
11. Best of Times - 3.19
12. Stay at Home Mother - 4.11

Art-Nr.: 8310
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Lively, Mason - stronger ties [2018]
Prächtiges, wunderbar vielseitiges Debut des hoch talentierten, jungen Texaners Mason Lively (der Bursche ist gerade mal zwanzig Jahre alt, performt aber schon wie ein "alter Haudegen"), dem mit "Stronger ties" gleich ein satter Volltreffer gelingt. Dem aus Victoria/Texas stammenden jungen Mann gelingt eine extrem gut ausbalancierte Mischung aus kernigem, rootsigem Country, Countryrock, Americana und diesem wunderbaren, in Texas und Oklahoma beheimateten, tollen, angerauten Red Dirt-Sound. Sofort kommen einem Kollegen wie Pat Green, die Casey Donahew Band, Wade Bowen, die Randy Rogers Band, aber auch New Country-Artists wie Dierks Bentley und Eric Church in den Sinn, von all denen sich Spuren in Lively's Musik wiederfinden. Die Songs stecken voller Energie, mal richtig rockig, mal locker flockig, sind variabel, sehr melodisch, und doch mit einer rootsig erdigen Grundnote und zuweilen auch einem Hauch von Southernflair versehen. Erstklassig produziert hat Texas-Maestro Pat Manske, der auch gleich noch eine Vielzahl hochkarätiger Gäste wie Bukka Allen (keyboards), Reckless Kelly's Cody Braun (Fiddle) und Pedal Steel-As Lloyd Maines mit ins Studio gebracht hat. Eine erstklassige Figur gibt auch Lead Gitarrist Carson Popp ab, der mit teils schön satten Soli glänzt. Schon der erdige, abwechslungsreich arrangierte, southern-fueled Opener "Heavy troll", ein fetter Countryrocker mit viel Power und klasse E-Gitarren-Licks, setzt einen ersten Glanzpunkt. Doch das ist bei weitem nicht der einzige, denn es geht munter so weiter: Zum Beispiel mit dem leicht folkig und rootsig angehauchten, Fiddle-, Mandolinen-, und Banjo-betonten, aber auch mit fetter E-Gitarre aufwartenden "Early grave", der herrlich lockeren, wieder mit einem Hauch von Souther-Roots versehenen Red Dirt-Countrynummer "Worry about nothing" (tolle Melodie, dezente Banjo-Untermalung, hintergründige Orgel, feine Mundharmonika und großartige E-Gitarre), dem ebenso flockigen, von hinreißenden Pedal Steel Guitar-Linien Lloyd Maines' durchzogenen "Hard to let go", dem furiosen, dabei durchaus traditionell verwurzelten "Rockin' Country"-Knaller "Roleplay", das darmatisch anmutende, äußerst dynamisch, mit viel Drive intonierte "Ballad of the broken heart" (kenige E-Gitarre mit tollem Solo), dem gut nach vorn gehenden Red Dirt-Countryrocker "Lonely comes back around", bis hin zu der wundervollen, lupenreinen Country-Ballade "Angel wings", bei der Lloyd Maines mit seiner Pedal Steel erneut einen großen Auftritt hat. Keine Frage, Mason Lively gelingt ein beeindruckend starkes Debut, das ihm, sowohl in der texanischen Country- und Countryrock-Szene, aber auch in der Red Dirt-Community eine Menge Gehör verschaffen wird. Wenn der junge Bursche so weiter macht, steht er möglicherweise vor einer großen Zukunft. Richtig klasse, dieses Album!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Heavy Toll - 4:01
2. Early Grave - 3:34
3. Worry About Nothing - 3:45
4. Hard To Let Go - 3:56
5. Roleplay - 3:05
6. Right Back To You - 3:49
7. Ballad Of The Broken Heart - 3:04
8. Lonely Comes Back Around - 2:27
9. Worth The Fall - 3:17
10. Angel Wings - 4:03

Art-Nr.: 9683
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Heavy toll
Worry about nothing
Hard to let go
Roleplay
Ballad of the broken heart
Lonely comes back around
Angel wings

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Robinson Brotherhood, Chris - phosphorescent harvest [2014]
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood mit ihrem herausragenden, dritten Studioalbum! Die neue Formation des The Black Crowes-Frontmannes mit einem ganz herrlichen, lockeren, den unbeschwerten Duft der freien, zwanglosen Hippe-Kultur geradezu riechenden Roots-/Jamrock-Album voller wunderbarer Psychedelic- und Westcoast-Attribute. Baumstarkes, live zuletzt schon vielfach gespieltes Songmaterial. Großartig, wie die Band ihre rootsige Grundlage, die stets spürbare Frische der Westküste und psychedelische, teils ein wenig spacige Keyboard-Linien in einen homogenen, jammigen Einklang bringt. CRB in Bestform! Die Stimme der The Black Ctowes und der Spirit von Grateful Dead - was für eine Kombination!

Die offizielle Produktbeschreibung:

The CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD are set to unveil their third studio album PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST via Silver Arrow Records. The band--Chris Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals)--will also hit the road in conjunction with the album's release. The tour officially starts April 29 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA with dates confirmed into late May (and more to be announced).
PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST is a treasure trove of 10 songs--including several the band road-tested over the last few years--that advances the band's kaleidoscopic sound, which is deeply soulful, rootsy and spacey all at once. There's strong songcraft here, with a free-flowing delivery; it is music that is in no hurry to reach its destination but firmly knows where it is going. From the beginning, the CRB set out to do something different from what they had done before, creating their own scene with a musical prowess, cohesive songwriting and a unified commitment to experimentation, both in the studio and on the road (they've performed over 230 shows since forming in 2011).
"The best perspective I have on what's going on in my life--good and bad--is what comes out in the songs," says Chris Robinson. "As you move on in time, you get older, you have relationships. Some of them are good, some fail. Friends. Drugs. Life. Death. People come, people go. Songwriting is a completely different emotional response to your life and to what it means, to in some poetic nature, put it out there."
PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST follows the release of the companion albums Big Moon Ritual (June 2012) and The Magic Door (September 2012) plus last year's live quadruple vinyl Betty's S.F. Blends, Vol 1. The group continues to record with producer Thom Monahan, and Robinson wrote all of the songs with Casal, save for two that are Robinson solo compositions ("Tornado," "Jump The Turnstiles").
"We're really going by the electricity and the vibrations that we can sort of tune in to," Robinson recently told Relix magazine (Jan/Feb '14). "There's a psychedelic component to it. That's part of the greasing the wheels of the great cosmic engine, with psychedelic thought and philosophy and action. If you get my drift." He went on to talk about the more rock and roll feel on PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST, and his overall vision for the Brotherhood: "I'm not going to have hit records. I don't write pop songs. But then again, I find a deep need to express myself and how I'm feeling and where I am and where I've been and where I'm going by writing songs. Why change something to make it easier for anyone else, when I think if we stay sincere and keep our energies in a real creative place, then people will wander into our small community, and it maybe would get more popular…to tend that garden is a great responsibility. But I want it to grow." Check out the whole Relix feature here.
Rolling Stone editor David Fricke picked the CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD as one of his favorites of 2012, and praised their live performance in New York City, saying "…the singer's acid-country Brotherhood, with ex-Ryan Adams guitarist Neal Casal, were a sublime time onstage and across these two albums, recorded at the same sessions and issued six months apart. The Irving Plaza show was a characteristic live high. In the second set, Robinson steered out of a rattling ‘Tough Mama,' from Bob Dylan's Planet Waves, into the long reverie ‘Girl on the Mountain,' a song from an earlier side trip, New Earth Mud, given fresh air and a new coat of DayGlo paint (1/30/13)."

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Shore Power - 4.41
2. About a Stranger - 5.07
3. Meanwhile In The Gods.... - 6.08
4. Badlands Here We Come - 5.24
5. Clear Blue Sky & The Good Doctor - 7.47
6. Beggar's Moon - 6.55
7. Wanderer's Lament - 5.37
8. Tornado - 5.04
9. Jump The Turnstiles - 6.40
10. Burn Slow - 7.13
11. Humboldt Windchimes - 4.38

Art-Nr.: 8543
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Shore power
About a stranger
Meanwhile in the Gods...
Badlands here we come
Clear blue sky & the good doctor
Wanderer's lament
Burn slow

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Robinson Brotherhood, Chris - phosphorescent harvest ~ vinyl [2014]
Vinyl-Ausgabe!

2 LP-Set, inklusive 7" Single! Kommt im tollen Foldout-Cover! 180 Gramm! US-Ausgabe im farbigen Vinyl (LP 1 = orange / LP 2 = rot)! Die zusätzliche 2 Track 7" Single enthält die beiden zusätzlichen Nummern "Humboldt Windchimes" (ist zwar auf der CD, nicht aber auf der DoLP enthalten) und "Star Crossed Lonely Sailor" (kompletter Bonustrack, nicht auf der CD enthalten).

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood mit ihrem herausragenden, dritten Studioalbum! Die neue Formation des The Black Crowes-Frontmannes mit einem ganz herrlichen, lockeren, den unbeschwerten Duft der freien, zwanglosen Hippe-Kultur geradezu riechenden Roots-/Jamrock-Album voller wunderbarer Psychedelic- und Westcoast-Attribute. Baumstarkes, live zuletzt schon vielfach gespieltes Songmaterial. Großartig, wie die Band ihre rootsige Grundlage, die stets spürbare Frische der Westküste und psychedelische, teils ein wenig spacige Keyboard-Linien in einen homogenen, jammigen Einklang bringt. CRB in Bestform! Die Stimme der The Black Ctowes und der Spirit von Grateful Dead - was für eine Kombination!

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Die offizielle Produktbeschreibung:

The CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD are set to unveil their third studio album PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST via Silver Arrow Records. The band--Chris Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals)--will also hit the road in conjunction with the album's release. The tour officially starts April 29 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA with dates confirmed into late May (and more to be announced).
PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST is a treasure trove of 10 songs--including several the band road-tested over the last few years--that advances the band's kaleidoscopic sound, which is deeply soulful, rootsy and spacey all at once. There's strong songcraft here, with a free-flowing delivery; it is music that is in no hurry to reach its destination but firmly knows where it is going. From the beginning, the CRB set out to do something different from what they had done before, creating their own scene with a musical prowess, cohesive songwriting and a unified commitment to experimentation, both in the studio and on the road (they've performed over 230 shows since forming in 2011).
"The best perspective I have on what's going on in my life--good and bad--is what comes out in the songs," says Chris Robinson. "As you move on in time, you get older, you have relationships. Some of them are good, some fail. Friends. Drugs. Life. Death. People come, people go. Songwriting is a completely different emotional response to your life and to what it means, to in some poetic nature, put it out there."
PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST follows the release of the companion albums Big Moon Ritual (June 2012) and The Magic Door (September 2012) plus last year's live quadruple vinyl Betty's S.F. Blends, Vol 1. The group continues to record with producer Thom Monahan, and Robinson wrote all of the songs with Casal, save for two that are Robinson solo compositions ("Tornado," "Jump The Turnstiles").
"We're really going by the electricity and the vibrations that we can sort of tune in to," Robinson recently told Relix magazine (Jan/Feb '14). "There's a psychedelic component to it. That's part of the greasing the wheels of the great cosmic engine, with psychedelic thought and philosophy and action. If you get my drift." He went on to talk about the more rock and roll feel on PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST, and his overall vision for the Brotherhood: "I'm not going to have hit records. I don't write pop songs. But then again, I find a deep need to express myself and how I'm feeling and where I am and where I've been and where I'm going by writing songs. Why change something to make it easier for anyone else, when I think if we stay sincere and keep our energies in a real creative place, then people will wander into our small community, and it maybe would get more popular…to tend that garden is a great responsibility. But I want it to grow." Check out the whole Relix feature here.
Rolling Stone editor David Fricke picked the CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD as one of his favorites of 2012, and praised their live performance in New York City, saying "…the singer's acid-country Brotherhood, with ex-Ryan Adams guitarist Neal Casal, were a sublime time onstage and across these two albums, recorded at the same sessions and issued six months apart. The Irving Plaza show was a characteristic live high. In the second set, Robinson steered out of a rattling ‘Tough Mama,' from Bob Dylan's Planet Waves, into the long reverie ‘Girl on the Mountain,' a song from an earlier side trip, New Earth Mud, given fresh air and a new coat of DayGlo paint (1/30/13)."

Das komplette Tracklisting:

DoLP:
1. Shore Power - 4.41
2. About a Stranger - 5.07
3. Meanwhile In The Gods.... - 6.08
4. Badlands Here We Come - 5.24
5. Clear Blue Sky & The Good Doctor - 7.47
6. Beggar's Moon - 6.55
7. Wanderer's Lament - 5.37
8. Tornado - 5.04
9. Jump The Turnstiles - 6.40
10. Burn Slow - 7.13
11. Humboldt Windchimes - 4.38

7" Single:
1. Humboldt Windchimes
2. Star Crossed Lonely Sailor

Art-Nr.: 8544
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: LP || Preis: € 22,90

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Roth, Vinny - red wine sunshine and loud guitars [2017]
Der "legendary Northern Virginia Strat-slinger" Vinny Roth, ursprünglich aus Queens/NY, liefert mit "Red wine, sunshine ans loud guitars", ein überaus beeindruckendes Album seiner außergewöhnlichen Gitarrenkunst und musikalischen Vielfalt ab. Begleitet von irre starken Musikern (u. a. Nashville's Keyboard-As Kevin McKendree, der fantastische Drummer Ben Tufts, Vinnie Simonette am Bass, bei einem Track Warren Haynes- und Gov't Mule-Spezi Ron Holloway am Saxophon, und viele mehr), geht's auf eine 10 erstklassige Songs (4 mit Gesang, 6 Instrumentals) umfassende, wundervolle Reise durch die weite Welt des Blues, Funk, und Bluesrocks, auch mal mit jammigen und leicht jazzigen Abstechern, bei der natürlich Roth's begnadetes, immer exzellent akzentuiertes, nie wirres, hoch anspruchsvolles Gitarrenspiel im Mittelpunkt steht, das für die Liebhaber und Genießer der 6 Saiten die pure Freude bedeuten dürfte. Immer wieder zeigen sich die Einflüsse von Leuten wie Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Nolan (James Brown's band), BB.King und auch Wes Montgomery. Sein dynamisches, flinkes, hochgradig versiertes, packendes Gitarrenspiel, voller filigraner und auch erdiger Soli, zeichnet sich gleichermaßen durch viel Seele und pure Spielfreude aus. 9 der 10 großartigen Nummern sind Eigenkompositionen von Roth, dazu gibt's ein erstklassiges, bewegendes Cover von Hendrix' "Crosstown traffic". Gleich beim ersten Track zieht der Gitarrenzauberer alle Register. "Strat-Tastrophe", ist, wie es der Titel schon vermuten lässt, eine furiose Hommage an seine geliebte Fender Stratocaster, ein hinreißendes, prächtig strukturiertes Instrumental, dezent funky, wunderbar hängen bleibend, vollgepackt mit tollen Gitarreläufen. Mal sind die Soli ganz klar, dann dreckig bluesy, bis hin zu kernigem Wah Wah-Spiel - und dazwischen glänzt McKendree mit einem super Orgel-Solo. Ein Auftakt nach Maß! Es geht weiter mit dem stark groovenden Bluesrocker "Should have left that girl alone", der eindrucksvoll zeigt, dass Vinny auch ein klasse Sänger ist. Die Nummer hat eine prima Melodik und besticht erneut, vor dem Hintergrund eines Orgelfundaments, mit ausgedehnten, fingerfertigen Gitarrensoli der Extraklasse. Und so geht es äußerst abwechslungsreich weiter, z. B. mit dem von einem leichten Santana-Flair umwobenen, jammigen Groove-Rocker "Gypsy cry" (herrliche, genauso rootsige, wie flüssige Gitarrenausflüge, auch Twin-Klänge), dem voller Gefühl und Emotionlität vorgetragenen Funk-/Blues-Rocker "Shaking what she got", der etwas sphärischen, mit einem Hauch von Pink Floyd-Feeling kommenden Gitarren-Ballade "Only God knows when you're crying", oder dem schwülen, "smoking and funky" rockenden, etwas jazzige, mit klasse Groove-Wechseln ausgestatteten "Sweaty machete" (klasse Saxophon-Einlagen von Ron Holloway). Das Album ist von vorn bis hinten ein Leckerbissen für die Freunde Genre-übergreifender, gehobener, aber nit überzogener oder gar "frickelnder" Gitarrenmusik. Vinny Roth ist ein echter Könner seines Fachs!

Aus dwr Original U.S.-Produktbeschreibung:

Whether he's playing his trademark soulful progressive Blues with The Vinny Roth Band or doing session, Vinny always brings his A+ game. Through his ecclectic array of musicianship he has garnered spots playing along side such musical luminaries as Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, Honky tonk pioneer Bill Kirchen and many many others. Mr. Roth's sound and style has held comparisons to players like Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Nolan (James Brown's band), BB.King and even Wes Montgomery.
Originally from Queens NY. Vinny was attracted to the guitar starting with weekly guitar lessons beginning at age 9. It was the Riff to Walk this way by Aerosmith and old Elvis movies that lit the Rock and Roll fire. It was during his high school years that Vinny started listening to Blues artist like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King. He also began listening to Jam band like The Allman Brothers, The Dead and The Band as well as James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. These were the bands that helped shape his love and style for improvising.
After high school he attained a fine arts degree in music after studying at both Northern VA Community College and George Mason University. His dedication to playing paid off with the several movie and tv soundtracks he has played on as well as a finalistists in guitar contests, most notably the 2004 Guitar Center Guitarmegeddon solo off.
On his current CD, due for release in the fall of 2017 Vinny tries to hit every color of the music sprectrum while keeping his ideas fresh. "I think a good album should feature music that flows from inside and showcases the influences you have. I'm am a big fan of 60's and 70's live music, especially the live jam approaches of the Band of Gypsies, The Allmans, The Dead, Muddy Waters"
Vinny's music has not only won several songwriting awards but also garnered write ups in Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, 20th Century Guitar as well European press in the German Publication Guitar & Bass magazine. Several notable guests Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), Ron Halloway (Warren Haynes), Al Williams (Stanely Clarke Schooldays band), Tamer Eid (Emmett Swimming) and session players Vinnie Simonette, Kenny Pimental, Chris Wing, Eric Weinberg, Ben Tufts and the great James "Spunk" Martini all appear on the upcoming CD project.
"The best thing to do is have a big set of ears, an open mind and enjoy and be greatful that you can create what you love"

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Strat-Tastrophe - 5:41
2. Should Have Left That Girl Alone - 4:16
3. Gypsy Cry - 3:59
4. Shaking What She Got - 4:20
5. Only God Knows When You're Crying - 5:09
6. Groove Messiah (Live) - 4:41
7. Sweaty Machete - 4:45
8. Crosstown Traffic - 7:41
9. Red Wine Sunshine and Loud Guitars - 2:03
10. Premature-Afunkulation - 4:08

Art-Nr.: 9753
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

In folgende Titel können Sie reinhören:
Strat-Tastrophe
Should have left that girl alone
Gypsy cry
Shaking what she got
Only God knows when you're crying
Sweaty machete
Crosstown traffic

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