VOICES Notes and news on New Releases
26 MAR 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Meiko Announces New Album with PledgeMusic Campaign
Singer/songwriter Meiko announced the upcoming release of her next album (currently untitled) via PledgeMusic today. The new album is now available for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/MeikoPledge. Additionally, a portion of all proceeds earned through Meiko's PledgeMusic campaign will be donated to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
By pre-ordering through PledgeMusic, fans can be a part of the recording process and will have access to exclusive content, including signed memorabilia, burned demo CDs, a name in liner notes and even a cover song package.
This album is a follow-up to Meiko's Fantasy Records / Concord Music Group debut album The Bright Side. For more info on her last album: http://bit.ly/1dLgrF0.
To check out Meiko:
PledgeMusic | Twitter | Facebook | Website
Gregg Allman's All-star Concert
A multi-generational assortment of musicians from the worlds of rock, blues and country joined together at Atlanta's historic Fox Theatre for a once-in-a-lifetime all-star performance to pay tribute to the life and music of the legendary singer/musician/songwriter Gregg Allman. That live musical event can now be experienced via the new multimedia package All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman.
19 MAR 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Ben Harper and his mother Ellen have collaborated to create Childhood Home (Prestige Folklore), an absorbing, deeply personal collection of original songs set for release on May 6, 2014. Landing the week before Mother’s Day, the ten songs on Childhood Home, six written by Ben and four written by Ellen, explore the intricacies of family life with honesty and generous intimacy. This week, Parade Magazine premiered "Learn It All Again Tomorrow," pointing to the unique and sublime nature of Ben and Ellen's collaboration. The Wall Street Journal also recently premiered "Altar of Love," referring to the track as a "moving, waltz-time country ballad with a vintage AM radio feel," adding "Ben Harper is setting a new bar for Mother’s Day presents." You can also check out "A House Is a Home" at RollingStone.com.
The album’s source can be directly traced to the pair’s highly unusual, musical heritage. In 1958, Ben Harper’s maternal grandparents established The Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California. It was there, amid guitars, banjos, tablas, ukuleles and all manner of instruments from around the world, that a distinctively musical family took shape. Ellen Harper, a talented multi-instrumentalist in her own right, encouraged her family to use the store (which she still operates) as a musical laboratory. The center was a magnet for up-and-comers such as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal, who became extended family members, providing master classes in creativity and philosophy, all of which the young Ben Harper soaked up like a sponge.
“I was a single mom, so he would come to the music store pretty much everyday after school, and help out while I was working. I think he just absorbed a lot of it,” Ellen told a local paper. “It was in his environment, everywhere, because I used to play in bands, and he used to hang out with us all the time.” “Without that upbringing, I don’t think I’d be doing what I do,” Ben told the LA Times upon his grandfather’s passing in 2004.
Ben Harper produced Childhood Home "like early Elvis," he told Rolling Stone, after he and Charlie Musselwhite won the "Best Blues Album" GRAMMY Award for last year’s critically acclaimed Get Up! (Stax/Concord). "Not one thing is plugged in. It's all acoustic. I think they’re going to call it ‘Americana,’ but it’s soul, California, folk rock, American." Addressing a hometown audience, Ben recently affirmed: “I’ve always figured home is where you run from, and then run to.” Ben and Ellen Harper find the circle unbroken on Childhood Home.
26 FEB 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Steve Martin's recent live concert is currently being broadcast on PBS through their Great Performances series—you can check local listings at pbs.org/gperf. This incredible show, featuring two hours of immensely entertaining comedy and music (plus previously unreleased material) includes songs from his GRAMMY-winning albums with remarkable musical companions Steep Canyon Rangers and charming co-songwriter Edie Brickell.
Martin and company will embark on a tour starting March 14th in Santa Cruz, CA. Tour dates for upcoming shows are now available. In the meantime, you can see what all the buzz is about by viewing a segment from the concert: "Pretty Little One."
22 JAN 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Excitement continued to build for our upcoming compilation, Sweetheart 2014, as earlier today Stereogum premiered Phosphorescent’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s moody classic “Tomorrow Is a Long Time.” This cover, along with other soaring love songs performed by Vampire Weekend, Beck, Fiona Apple, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and more, will be available on February 4th, 2014 via Hear Music.
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