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Bobby Bare, Jr.’s Young Criminal’s Starvation League – VALENTINE (LIVE) - Bobby Bare, Jr. is an American musician who has recorded several solo albums, along with two albums with his band, Bare, Jr. He has performed with his band the Young Criminals Starvation League, an ever-changing group of musicians, including members of Lambchop, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, and My Morning Jacket. They have released three studio albums, an EP, and a live album. From his “OK – I’m Sorry….EP”, 2003.
The Gourds - VALENTINE – The Gourds are an American alternative country band that formed in Austin, Texas during the summer of 1994. Primarily evolving from the Picket Line Coyotes and the Grackles, The Gourds original line-up consisted of Kevin Russell (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Jimmy Smith (vocals, bass, guitar), Claude Bernard (accordion, guitar, vocals), and Charlie Llewellin (drums, percussion). Llewellin was replaced by current drummer Keith Langford shortly after the second album was recorded, and multi-instrumentalist Max Johnston officially joined after being invited to play on their third album. By the following album, Johnston had also become the band's third songwriter, though Russell and Smith have continued to share the bulk of those responsibilities. Taken from their “Haymaker” CD, 2009.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - LISTEN TO HER HEART - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are a rock band from Gainesville, Florida. They were formed in 1976 by Tom Petty, the band's primary vocalist and guitar player, and also consisted of Mike Campbell as the lead guitarist, Ron Blair on bass, Stan Lynch on drums, and Benmont Tench on keyboards. Line-up changes have been few and far between, with Howie Epstein being the bassist from 1982 to 2002 when Blair tired of the touring lifestyle, only to replace Epstein again in 2002 upon his death, and Lynch leaving in 1994 and being replaced by Curt Bisquera and Steve Ferrone.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were one of the bands on the forefront of the heartland rock movement, alongside bands such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger, which arose in the late 1970s and 1980s. While the heartland rock movement fizzled into the 1990s, the band remained active and popular, and they still tour regularly and continue to record albums, their most recent, Mojo, was released on June 15, 2010. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. Taken from “You're Gonna Get It!”, their second album, released in 1978
Joe Ely – FOR YOUR LOVE - Joe Ely is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas Country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll. He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, The Chieftains and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with The Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark. From his “Dig All Night” CD, 1988.
Joe Tullos - LOVE GENERATOR – The Scoundrel's Waltz is the debut album from Joe Tullos. Born and raised in Louisiana, Tullos and his guitar are part of the New Orleans music scene where he's played all the city's hottest clubs. He's played and recorded with some Big Easy big names including The Neville Brothers, Better Than Ezra, The Meters, and others. Tullos performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to rave reviews. The Scoundrel's Waltz, named for the overindulgent's gait, tells 11 stories from Joe Tullos' life. Tullos sings lead and backing vocals, plays guitar, organ, dobra, and banjo. The album was recoded with musicians from Blind Melon including drummer Glen Graham, bassist Brad Smith, lead/rhythm guitarist Rogers Stevens. From the band Squirrel Nut Zippers he used Jimbo Mathews (banjo, piano, horns, backing vocals), Ken Mosher (sax, backing vocals, guitar), and Tom Maxwell (guitar, clarinet, backing vocals). newcomer who can pull this together has to be taken seriously. Produced by Mike Napolitano (Blind Melon's Nico) who also plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass. Released in 1997.
Jody Harris – A HEART’S A HARD THING TO HOLD – Jody Harris, a Nashville-based songwriter is a former member of John Michael Montgomery and Brad Paisley’s touring bands. Lyrics by Eric Davis. From an unreleased demo, circa 1994.
Chris Chickering – LOVESICK FOOL – As founder of Music for Positive Change™ and pioneer in the field of transformational entertainment, Chris Chickering is a singer-songwriter whose deepest wish is for you to truly embrace and live in your greatness. His vocals share the same fiery, organic DNA of recordings by Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison. His music infuses folk, rock and world music influences with empowering lyrics that speak to timeless, universal truths. Chris has a vision for leveraging the power of music to bring people together, lift their spirits and create a better world. From his CD “Living in the Now”, 2013.
Joey Miserable and The Worms featuring Jono Manson – HANGING OUT FOR YOUR LOVE - Jono Manson is a prolific singer/songwriter and seasoned performer, with a long track record that includes major-label releases as both recording artist and producer. During a career spanning almost four decades he has performed everywhere from local dives to Madison Square Garden, from house concerts to festival stages. He has released numerous albums and amassed a vast catalog of original material. His songs have been recorded by Grammy Award – winning artists and have been featured in major motion pictures, on network television and in national advertising campaigns. He continues to collaborate with a wide range of artists as a co-writer and producer, and as a member of numerous side projects. Most recently, three of Jono’s songs were featured on the new album by “American Idol” alum Crystal Bowersox (2013 Shanachie Records), and another was recorded by Blues Traveler for their most recent release (2012 429/Savoy Records). Four of his songs are featured in the new family film “I Heart Shakey” (2012 Amarok Films). He has toured extensively throughout the continental United States as a solo artist and as a member of John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours. While not on the road, Jono spends most of his time writing songs and producing records. From the soundtrack of the 1977 film “Eight Days a Week”.
Rockpile/Nick Lowe – WITHOUT LOVE - Rockpile was a British rock and roll group of the late 1970s and early 1980s, noted for their strong rockabilly and power pop influences, and as a foundational influence on new wave. The band consisted of Dave Edmunds (vocals, guitar), Nick Lowe (vocals, bass guitar), Billy Bremner (vocals, guitar) and Terry Williams (drums). Rockpile recorded four albums, though only one (Seconds of Pleasure) was released under the Rockpile banner. Two other albums (Tracks on Wax 4 and Repeat When Necessary) were released as Dave Edmunds solo albums, and one more (Labour of Lust) was released as a Nick Lowe solo album. From “Seconds of Pleasure”, 1980.
Dave Edmunds – QUEEN OF HEARTS - David William "Dave" Edmunds (born 15 April 1944) is a Welsh singer, guitarist and record producer. Although he is primarily associated with pub rock and New Wave, and had numerous hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, his natural leaning has always been towards 1950s style rock and roll. Edmunds was born in Cardiff, and as a teenager, he first played in 1954 with a band called The Edmunds Bros Duo with his older brother Geoff (born in 1940, Cardiff). Then the brothers were in The Stompers later called The Heartbeats formed in 1957 with Geoff on rhythm guitar; Dave on lead guitar; Denny Driscoll on lead vocals; Johnny Stark on drums and Ton Edwards on bass. Then Dave and Geoff were in The 99ers along with scientist and writer Brian J. Ford. After that Dave Edmunds was in Crick Feather's Hill-Bill's formed in 1960, with Feathers (Edmunds) on lead guitar; Zee Dolan on bass; Tennessee Tony on lead vocals; Tony Kees on piano and Hank Two Sticks on drums. The first group that Edmunds fronted was the Cardiff-based 1950s style rockabilly trio The Raiders formed in 1961, along with Brian 'Rockhouse' Davies on bass and Ken Collier on drums. Edmunds was the only constant member of the group, which later included bassist Mick Still, Bob 'Congo' Jones on drums and John Williams (stage name John David) on bass. The Raiders worked almost exclusively in the South Wales area.
In 1966, after a short spell in Parlophone recording band The Image (1965–1966), with local drummer Tommy Riley, Edmunds shifted to a more blues-rock sound, reuniting with Congo Jones and bassist John Williams and adding second guitarist Mickey Gee to form the short lived Human Beans. After just eighteen months, the core of 'Human Beans' formed a new band called Love Sculpture that again reinstated Edmunds, Jones and Williams as a trio. Love Sculpture scored a quasi-novelty Top 5 hit by reworking Khachaturian's classical piece "Sabre Dance" as a speed-crazed rock number, inspired by Keith Emerson's classical rearrangements. The band issued two albums. After Love Sculpture split, Edmunds had a UK Christmas Number 1 single in 1970 with "I Hear You Knocking", a Smiley Lewis cover, which he came across while producing Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets' first album entitled A Legend. The recording was the first release on Edmunds' manager's MAM Records label. This single also reached No. 4 in the US, making it Edmunds' biggest hit by far on either side of the Pond. It sold over three million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Edmunds had intended to record Wilbert Harrison's "Let's Work Together", but when he was beaten to that song by Canned Heat, he adapted the arrangement he intended to use for it to "I Hear You Knocking", producing a highly original remake. Unfortunately, the success of the single caused EMI's Regal Zonophone Records to use an option that it had to claim Edmunds' album, 1972's Rockpile, and the momentum from the single's success on a different label went away. His own solo LP from 1975, Subtle as a Flying Mallet, was similar in style. The Brinsley Schwarz connection brought about a collaboration with Nick Lowe starting with this album, and in 1976 they formed the group Rockpile, with Billy Bremner and Terry Williams. Because Edmunds and Lowe signed to different record labels that year, they could not record as Rockpile until 1980, but many of their solo LPs (such as Lowe's Labour of Lust and Edmunds' own Repeat When Necessary) were group recordings. Edmunds had more UK hits during this time, including Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk", Nick Lowe's "I Knew The Bride", Hank DeVito's "Queen of Hearts" (written for Edmunds and later a US hit for Juice Newton using the same arrangement), Graham Parker's "Crawling from the Wreckage", and Melvin Endsley's "Singing the Blues" (originally a 1956 US No. 1 hit for Guy Mitchell, and a UK No. 1 for both Mitchell and Tommy Steele). Taken from his “Anthology” collection, 1993.
The Mavericks – THERE GOES MY HEART - The Mavericks are an American band founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida. Between 1991 and 2003, they recorded six studio albums, in addition to charting 14 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their highest-peaking American single was 1996's "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down", a collaboration with accordionist Flaco Jiménez. The band split up in 2004, and lead singer Raul Malo released six solo albums. Robert Reynolds released two solo EPs and co-founded 'supergroup' SWAG with fellow Maverick Jerry Dale McFadden, along with Ken Coomer of Wilco, Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, and Doug Powell. In 2012, the band announced plans for several reunion festival dates. Shortly after, they were offered a record deal by Big Machine Records and recorded their reunion album In Time. The much-anticipated album was released in February 2013. From their “It’s now! It’s live” CD, 1997.
Susan Tedeschi – I FELL IN LOVE - Susan Tedeschi, born November 9, 1970, is an American blues and soul musician who has received multiple Grammy Award nominations and is well known for her singing voice, guitar playing, and stage presence. She is a member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band (originally known as "Soul Stew Revival"), which is a conglomeration of her band, her husband's The Derek Trucks Band, and other musicians. Susan Tedeschi was born on November 9, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to a family of Italian ancestry (Tedeschi means Germans in Italian) and was raised in Norwell, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Dick Tedeschi, granddaughter of Nick Tedeschi and great-granddaughter of Angelo Tedeschi, founder of the New England-based supermarket and convenience store chain. Tedeschi has always been musically inclined and made her debut public performance as a six-year old understudy in a Broadway musical. Also, she sang for family members and listened to her father's record collection of old vinyl recordings, like Mississippi John Hurt and Lightning Hopkins. Raised as a Catholic, she found little inspiration in the church choir and attended predominantly African-American Baptist churches, feeling the music was "less repressed and more like a celebration of God." She has played in bands since the age of 13. At the age of 18 she formed her first all-original group The Smokin' Section in the nearby town of Scituate, Massachusetts.
After graduating Norwell High School, Tedeschi attended the Berklee College of Music where she sang in a Gospel choir. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in musical composition and performance at age 20. During that time she began sitting in on blues jams at local venues and immersed herself in the Boston music scene. Tedeschi formed the Susan Tedeschi Band in 1993 featuring Tom Hambridge and Adrienne Hayes. In 1995 her then boyfriend, Boston musician Tim Gearan taught Tedeschi how to play blues guitar. It was then she really began to hone her skills on the instrument. In December the band released Better Days to regional audiences. Record contracts were difficult to keep together; however, recording sessions from 1997 were acquired by Richard Rosenblatt and the band was signed to indy label Tone-Cool Records and Just Won't Burn, featuring young guitarist Sean Costello, was released in February 1998 to very positive reviews, particularly from blues critics and publications. Susan was the first artist to play the very first Sunset Sessions in March 1998 at the Marriott in the US Virgin Islands. In 1999, Tedeschi played several dates in the all-woman traveling festival Lilith Fair organized by Sarah McLachlan. Throughout 1998 and 1999 she toured extensively throughout the United States and drew larger crowds. From her third CD, “Wait for Me”, 2002.
Warren Zevon – EL AMOR DE MI VIDA – Warren William Zevon (January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for the dark and somewhat outlandish sense of humor in his lyrics.
Zevon's work has often been praised by well-known musicians, including Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. His best-known compositions include "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Johnny Strikes Up the Band", all of which are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy (1978). Other well-known songs written by Zevon have been recorded by other artists, including "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (a huge hit for Linda Ronstadt), "Accidentally Like a Martyr", "Mohammed's Radio", "Carmelita", and "Hasten Down the Wind".
Along with his own compositions, Zevon recorded or performed occasional covers, including Allen Toussaint's "A Certain Girl", Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan". He was a frequent guest on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman later performed guest vocals on "Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)" with Paul Shaffer and members of the CBS Orchestra on Warren Zevon's My Ride's Here album. From his compilation CD, “Reconsider Me – The Love Songs”, 2006.
John Hiatt – ICY BLUE HEART – John Hiatt (born August 20, 1952) is a rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including New Wave, blues and country. Hiatt has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and has been awarded a variety of other distinctions in the music industry. He remains one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters. Hiatt was working as a songwriter for Tree International, a record label in Nashville, when his song “Sure As I'm Sittin’ Here” was covered by Three Dog Night. The song became a Top 40 hit, earning Hiatt a recording contract with Epic Records. Since then he has released twenty-one studio albums, two compilation albums and one live album. His songs have been covered by a variety of artists in multiple genres, including Bob Dylan, The Searchers, Willy DeVille, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Willie Nelson, Three Dog Night, Joan Baez, Paula Abdul, Buddy Guy, the Desert Rose Band, Jimmy Buffett, Mandy Moore, Iggy Pop, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rosanne Cash, Suzy Bogguss, Jewel, Aaron Neville, Jeff Healey, Keith Urban, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Paulini and many others. From his CD “Slow Turning” 1988.
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