“There’s a terrific tension in the sound, an underpinning of mystery set against a baroque, but modern, pop foreground.” – Bob Boilen, NPR MusicRead More »
Jennifer Knapp has experienced enough chaos and turmoil in her life that she could write about it on every album. Instead, she made Love Comes Back Around, a collection of songs that focus on what really matters. Produced by Viktor Krauss, Knapp’s latest features 10 compelling new tunes exploring love — but not the easy kind. These are love songs for grown-ups who have come a few miles. “It’s not just sex, it’s not just physical relationships,” Knapp says. “It’s hard work. It’s loss, it’s forgiveness, it’s a lot of things wrapped up in one.” Love Comes Back Around pairs her fearless songwriting and strong, expressive voice with rootsy arrangements.
“The album’s title track is a gentle folk tune that takes a look at love’s long winding path.” – American Songwriter
“continuing to make poignant, heartfelt songs documenting her journey through the human experience.” – Knoxville Daily TimesRead More »
Boston-based trio The Ballroom Thieves are set to release Deadeye, their second full-length record in as many years, on October 21st. The album comes on the heels of two years of non-stop touring including trips to Newport Folk Festival, Boston Calling and Mountain Jam along with praise from NPR’s Bob Boilen and Consequence of Sound.
Stylistically, the Thieves find a captivating mélange of acoustic styles on the album, exploring the basic constructions of folk and pop music while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time. It mirrors the band’s sharp awareness of its surroundings that equates to a rare form of musical intelligence in the form of raw, gritty energy and powerful 3-part harmony.
Deadeye is a heart-on-their-sleeves account of a life away from family, friends and loved ones in seek of a career doing what they love.Read More »
David Krakauer is considered to be one of the most singular clarinet virtuosos on the planet. But beyond that he brings a point of view to the table that is uniquely his own. Continuing on a path of constant self discovery, Krakauer introduces the music of his latest CD Checkpoint (Table Pounding Records).
Krakauer, a category-defying instrumentalist, uses his cultural heritage as a powerful inspiration for his music, informing and enabling his stylistically compelling projects. His is a singular vision, encompassing the diverse worlds of classical, klezmer, avant jazz, funk and electronica.
For the past 25 years Krakauer has been on a musical journey tracing his Eastern European roots. This voyage has found him revisiting his ancestral homeland, from where his Russian/Polish grandparents and great-grandparents immigrated at the end of the 19th century. Traveling east through Berlin before the Wall came down, the checkpoint experiences became momentous creative touchstones for Krakauer.
Like a travel guide on a literal and metaphorical search, on Checkpoint” he bears witness to the deep, joyous, human encounters he experienced. With his long-time band members of Ancestral Groove, he reveals the next step in his musical evolution sharing with us all stories about the human condition.
Ancestral Groove, with Sheryl Bailey on electric guitar, Jerome Harris on electric bass, Michael Sarin on drums/percussion, and Keepalive on electronics, creates a bridge between Krakauer’s singular take on jazz and world music, and guides us to another musical adventure. His three special guests on the CD Rob Curto, John Medeski and Marc Ribot add their own signatures to the mix.Read More »
We’re very happy to share with you this EP Paris Shortcuts, introducing our music to the American scene.
It’s 5 tracks from my previous albums selected by Steve Lunt, remastered (and reproduced for one of them) as well as a brand new single called “For Miles & Miles (Black Elk’s Vision)!” It’s produced by Steve Lunt and Jerome Degey, with musical performances by our Paris based Victory Riders: Philippe Aglae (vocals), Latabi Diouani (drums), and Ze Luis Nascimento (percussion); and also here in the US, Victory Riders Wayne Perry (trombone), Tom Mitchell (baritone & tenor sax), Noble Lockhart-Mays (backing vocals) and of course Jerome Degey (guitars, bass and arrangements).
Black Elk was a Lakota Sioux shaman, witnessing the defeat and death of his people, had a prediction that “in seven generations to come, the fallen ones will be reborn in the children. That time has come and you are the one.”Read More »
“Not Just a Gun But Dancing,” is a must read, a tale of late-night visitation and sleeplessness by Sylvie Simmons, the award-winning writer and author of best-selling Leonard Cohen biography, “I’m Your Man.” In “Not Just a Gun,” all of the men who have ever shared the narrator’s bed, or her life, come to her ghost-like and she sees them clearly, “all who wanted to be brave and tried but couldn’t.”
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By recording artist, producer, and songwriter Jesse Harris, “A Camp Story” is about the confusing adolescent love lessons of some young campers. Harris is the real deal, not only an amazing songwriter (he won a Grammy for his song “Don’t Know Why,” recorded by Norah Jones) but an excellent writer of short fiction too.
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