Sneak preview to our social network site We hope this email finds everyone well and enjoying the start of summer. We want to take this opportunity to invite all of you on our SPECIAL ALERTS list to our latest Village Records related project. We will be launching our very own "SOCIAL" site around the first of July. It is the latest, and perhaps the last word, as far as customers interacting with our site and some of our friends. For those not familiar with the concept it is simply a clearing house for sharing and exchanging information, reviews, videos, photos, blogs and discussions about music of all kinds. It's all free and fun. Once you become a member you can create your own groups and discussions that others around the world can join in on. All content is hosted by us and all we ask is that you not post links to other sites that sell music. It's open to anyone who wants a place to just talk music and leave all of the other social networking to other sites.
MUSICIANS NOTE..you are welcome and encouraged to create your profile page in much the same way as your myspace page, upload photos, music files, etc. You can try out demos on the Village Records community if you like. Write us for details about selling through Village Records.
We are making this offer to you ahead of the official launch so that you can be up and running before we go completely public with it. Hope to see you there soon!http://community.villagerecords.com/
STEVE EARLE TO RELEASE TOWNES MAY 12th VIA NEW WEST RECORDS; 15-SONG SET COMPRISED OF SONGS WRITTEN BY THE LEGENDARY SINGER-SONGWRITER, TOWNES VAN ZANDT
FEATURES GUEST APPEARANCES BY TOM MORELLO, ALLISON MOORER AND, APPEARING ON A STEVE EARLE RECORD FOR THE FIRST TIME, JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE
"Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that." - Steve Earle (1995)
March 9, 2009 - Los Angeles, CA -- Steve Earle is set to release Townes, his highly anticipated follow up to the Grammy Award winning album Washington Square Serenade, on May 12th via New West Records. The 15-song set is comprised of songs written by Earle's friend and mentor, the late singer-songwriter, Townes Van Zandt. Townes will also be available as a deluxe two-CD set, as well as double Limited Edition 180 gram vinyl.
The album was produced by Earle at his home in Greenwich Village, at Sound Emporium and Room and Board in Nashville, TN and The Nest in Hollywood, CA. The track "Lungs," was produced and mixed by the Dust Brothers' John King and features Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine/The Nightwatchman/Street Sweeper on electric guitar. Earle's wife, the acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, is featured on backing vocals on "Loretta" and "To Live Is To Fly." Three songs cut in Nashville, "White Freightliner Blues," "Delta Momma Blues," and "Don't Take It To o Bad" feature a bluegrass band consisting of Dennis Crouch, Tim O'Brien, Darrel Scott and Shad Cobb.
Earle met Townes Van Zandt in 1972 at one of Earle's performances at The Old Quarter in Houston, TX. Van Zandt was in the audience and playfully heckled Earle throughout the perfor mance to play the song "Wabash Cannonball." Earle admitted that he didn't know how to play the tune and Van Zandt replied incredibly, "You call yourself a folksinger and yo u don't know 'Wabash Cannonball?'" Earle then silenced him by playing the Van Zandt song "Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold," not an easy feat due to its quickly-paced mouthful of lyrics squeezed into just over two minutes of song. Their bond was immediately formed. On Townes, Earle and his son, singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle (named after Van Zandt) trade verses on the tune, a song the two of them have been playing together since Justin was a teenager.
The songs selected for Townes were the ones that meant the most to Earle and the ones he personally connected to (not including selections featured on previous Earle albums). Some of the selections chosen were songs that Earle has played his entire career ("Pancho and Lefty," "Lungs," "White Freightliner Blues") and others he had to learn specifically for record ing. He learned the song "(Quicksilver Daydreams of) Maria" directly from Van Zandt, and taught himself "Marie" and "Rake" specifically for the album's recording. Once a song he played during his live show, Earle relearned "Colorado Girl" in the original Open D tuning that Van Zandt played it in. Earle recorded the New York sessions solo and then added the other instruments later on in order to preserve the spirit of Van Zandt's original solo performances to the best of his recollection.
When speaking about Townes, Earle stated, "This may be one of the best records I've ever made. That hurts a singer-songwriter's feelings. Then again, it's some consolation that I cherry picked through the career of one of the best songwriters that ever lived.
"Townes Van Zandt's debut album, For The Sake Of The Song, was released in 1968. His last, No Deeper Blue appeared in 1995. His life and songs are the subject of the critically acclaimed 2006 documentary film, Be Here To Love Me. Van Zandt died in 1997 at the age of 52.
While being a protégé of Van Zandt, Earle is a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term "New Country." What followed was an extremely exciting array of twelve releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin' (1995), the politically charged masterpiece Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts...Now (2004) and Washington Square Serenade (2007). Earle also produced the Grammy nominated album, Day After Tomorrow, by the legendary Joan Baez in 2008.
Townes Track Listing:
1. Pancho and Lefty
2. White Freightliner Blues
3. Colorado Girl
4. Where I Lead Me
6. No Place To Fall
8. Brand New Companion
10. Delta Momma Blues
12. Don't Take It Too Bad
13. Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold
14. (Quicksilver Daydreams Of) Maria
15. To Live Is To Fly
The bonus disc that comes with the deluxe version has solo acoustic versions of eleven of these tracks.
Steve Earle will be touring in support of Townes with tour dates announced shortly.
Saturday, January 31st marks the world premiere of Nick Lowe’s stunning performance on renowned television program Austin City Limits. This year marks 35 years on the air for ACL, making it television’s longest running music program. Nick’s unique performance features the iconic British songwriter in stark solo form, performing hits and cult classics from his timeless catalog.
The solo acoustic set is also a rarity for Austin City Limits, one that led the Austin American Statesman to proclaim the performance, “stunning,” call Nick, “Sinatra as a folk singer,“ and implore the show to, “…give him the whole hour!”
Recorded: October 9, 2008 When I Write the Book All Men Are Liars I Trained Her to Love Me I Read a Lot Rome Wasn't Built in a Day Peace, Love and Understanding Beast in Me
To check out a clip of Nick from the episode click HERE
Check your local listings for show times or click HERE
Fifty years ago Buddy Holly was in the middle of what would be his final tour. Everyone knows how the story ended. Here is an article that delves into the weeks before and the grueling conditions that led to the decision to charter a plane to get to the next date. Bob Dylan makes a brief appearance.
Read the article HERE. For a graphic showing the tour routing go HERE.
Here is your chance to be a fly on the wall as Gretchen Peters and Tom Russell and the gang work on their new CD. It looks like a good time.
The disc is officially set for February release but it is in stock and shipping now. So you can get a sneak preview of our February mailer and order it now exclusively at Village Records. This will not be available in stores.
Village Records News & Notes
There are a couple of great tribute albums coming in March. We are not ready to take orders for these just yet but we couldn't wait to share the news.
Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm, produced by Bill Bentley, Stephen Brower, David Katznelson and Shawn Sahm, celebrates the life of a true American music visionary.
List of confirmed artists at press time (with more to be announced) Delbert McClinton / Texas Me Levon Helm / She's About a Mover Los Lobos / And It Didn't Even Bring Me Down Jimmie Vaughan / Why, Why, Why Alejandro Escovedo / Too Little Too Late Greg Dulli / You Was For Real Dave Alvin / Dynamite Woman The Gourds / Nuevo Laredo Terry Allen (with Joe Ely) / I'm Not That Kat Anymore Freda & the Firedogs / Be Real Shawn Sahm (with Augie Meyers) / Mendocino Joe 'King' Carrasco & Texas Tornados / Adios Mexico Charlie Sexton / Magic Illusion
Then, also for March, we have: Americana heavyweights unite to pay tribute to friend and musical compadre Chris Gaffney with A Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney.
Tracklisting: 1 JOE ELY "LIFT YOUR LEG " 2 BOZ SCAGGS "MIDNIGHT DREAM" 3 LOS LOBOS "MAN OF SOMEBODY'S DREAMS" 4 DAVE ALVIN "ARTESIA" 5 PETER CASE "SIX NIGHTS A WEEK" 6 TOM RUSSELL "IF DADDY DON'T SING DADDY BOY" 7 CALEXICO "FRANK'S TAVERN 8 JAMES McMURTRY "FIGHT (TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT)" 9 THE TEXAS TORNADOS "THE GARDENS" 10 JIM LAUDERDALE w/ OLLABELLE "GLASSHOUSE" 11 THE IGUANAS "GET OFF MY BACK LUCY" 12 ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO "1968" 13 ROBBIE FULKS "KING OF THE BLUES" 14 JOHN DOE "QUIET DESPERATION" 15 DAVE GONZALES "TIRED OF BEING ME" 16 BIG SANDY Y LOS STRAITJACKETS "SILENT PARTNER" 17 DAN PENN "I'M SO PROUD" 18 CHRIS GAFFNEY "GUITARS OF MY DEAD FRIENDS"