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Artists and Releases Receive 10 IBMA Nominations; Distinguished Achievement Award for Alison Brown

August 13, 2015
 

SiriusXM Awards

Compass Records is pleased to announce that their artists collectively received ten nominations at today's International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards nominations ceremony, held at the SiriusXM studios in downtown Nashville. A full list of Compass nominees and their categories is given below. 
In addition, IBMA Executive DIrector Paul Schiminger announced that IBMA will honor Compass co-founder Alison Brown for her pioneering contributions to bluegrass music with a Distinguished Achievement Award at this year's ceremonies. This award is the Association's highest honor outside of induction to the Hall of Fame. Brown is currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio album titled The Song of the Banjo due for release in October. 
The nominee announcements were broadcast live via Kyle Cantrell's Bluegrass Junction show at 11am EST. The awards ceremony will be held on October 1st in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 
Compass Records would like to congratulate the following
2015 IBMA nominated artists
 
SONG OF THE YEAR
"Fiddlin' Joe"
Performed by: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Written by: Mark Brinkman
INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
"Come Along Jody" – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
"Yeah Man" – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
 
INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
 
BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Noam Pikelny
 
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Missy Raines
 
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michael Cleveland
 
DOBRO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rob Ickes
 
FEMALE VOCALIST  OF THE YEAR
Claire Lynch
 
 

Now available! Bobby Long ODE TO THINKING

August 07, 2015

Bobby Long Album Cover


Compass Records Announces

Bobby Long
Ode to Thinking

Available Today!

Listen to Bobby Long on Voice of America today with Larry London's Border Crossings at 11:05 AM

Click here to tune in 

 


“Long delivers a set of 11 solid tracks, anchored by his strong voice and especially by his pleasing, layered vocal melodies.” –AllMusic.com

“…crisp, unobtrusive production and emphasis on Long’s gritty, increasingly nuanced vocals…” –Magnet Magazine


(Nashville, TN) August 7, 2015– BOBBY LONG has built a dedicated fan base around his hauntingly poetic lyrics and catchy melodies. On his new record, ODE TO THINKINGLong returns to the basics: a guitar, sturdy songs and his singularly plaintive voice.

The album’s 11 original tracks showcase a hard-won maturity that belies Long’s 29 years. A prolific songwriter who has been compared to his own heroes—Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan– Long’s vision for Ode to Thinking was honed in a live setting, where each song found its place on the album after being perfected on stage. 

Producer/musician Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFranco) joined Long at Congress House Studios in Austin, Texas to record the album during a two week period in the fall of 2014. Ode to Thinking  was made possible by a hugely successful PledgeMusic campaign. “It is incredibly gratifying that so many people wanted to help me make the new record,” Long says of the support. “This community has been with me for every step of the journey. 

Long first gained international attention in 2008 when he co-wrote a song with musician Marcus Foster that found its way into the first film of the immensely popular Twilight series. The global impact of the film focused attention on him and spurred his move to America. Now writing and touring are a way of life. 

In addition to supporting major artists including Steve Winwood, Iron & Wine, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Brett Dennen, Long headlines his own shows where his music and irreverent sense of humor have earned him steadfast fans and invitations to play high profile festivals like Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, the Dave Matthews Band Caravan and Bamboozle.


TRACK TITLES 

1. Ode To Thinking

2. Cold Hearted Lover Of Mine

3. I'm Not Going Out Tonight

4. Treat Me Like A Stranger

5. Kill Someone 

6. Something Blue, Something Borrowed

7. Hideaway

8. The Dark Won't Get Darker

9. The Song The Kids Sing

10.1985

11.That Little Place


U.S. TOUR DATES

Aug 8 - Jammin' Java - Washington, DC

Aug 11 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA

Aug 12 - Musica - Akron, OH

Aug 13 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH

Aug 14 - Southgate House - Cincinnati, OH/Newport, KY

Aug 15 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC

Aug 16 - 3rd & Lindsley, Lightning 100 Nashville Sunday Night - Nashville, TN

Aug 17 - Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour - Lexington, KY

Aug 18 - Zanzabar - Louisville, KY

Aug 20 - Rozz Tox - Rock Island, IL

Aug 24 - The Frequency - Madison, WI

Aug 25 - Fire Bird - St. Louis, MI

Aug 28 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO

Aug 29 - Blue Door - Oklahoma City, OK

Aug 30 - Sam's Burger Joint - San Antonio, TX

Sept 2 - Cactus Club - Austin, TX

Sept 3 - Poor David's Pub - Dallas, TX

Sept 4 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX

Sept 6 - Eddie's Attic - Atlanta, GA

Sept 8 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC

Sept 25 - World Cafe Live - Wilmington, DE

Sept 26 - The Linda - Albany, NY

Sept 27 - The Kate - Old Saybrook, CT

 

European Tour Dates

Oct 3—Hedon–Zwolle, Netherlands   

Oct 4—Paradiso–Amsterdam, Netherlands  

Oct 7—Rio’s–Mettmann, Germany

Oct 8—Hot Jazz Club–Münster, Germany

Oct 9—Tribunen–Haderslev, Denmark  (free admission show)

Oct 10—Logo–Hamburg, Germany

Oct 11—Studio 7–Panketal, Germany   

Oct 14—Backstage–Munich, Germany

Oct 15—Orpheum Extra–Graz, Austria   

Oct 16—Haus der Musik–Vienna, Austria   

Oct 17—Kulturzentrum–Linz, Austria

Oct 18—ArtUm Centrum–Olomounc, Czech Republic

Oct 20—Schlachthof–Kassel, Germany 

Oct 21—Das Bett–Frankfurt, Germany

Oct 22—Arkadas Theatre–Cologne, Germany

Oct 23—Sotano–Greifswald, Germany   

Oct 24—Kulturlabor–Fehmarn, Germany 

Oct 25—Wabe–Berlin, Germany

Oct 27—Nörgelbuff–Göttingen, Germany

Oct 28—Marlene–Hannover, Germany

Oct 29—Bunker Ulmenwall–Bielefeld, Germany

Oct 30—Grend–Essen, Germany

Oct 31—Club Zentral–Stuttgart, Germany

UK Tour Dates

Nov 3—Hare & Hounds–Birmingham 

Nov 4—Night N Day Café–Manchester 

Nov 5—King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut–Glasgow 

Nov 6—The Borderline–London

Ode to Thinking now streaming at AllMusic.com

July 31, 2015

Now streaming at AllMusic.com
Bobby Long's
Ode to Thinking

Album available August 7th
New tour dates added!

 

 


Click below to listen to Ode to Thinking


U.S. TOUR DATES
Aug 1 - McCabe's - Los Angeles, CA
Aug 8 - Jammin' Java - Washington, DC
Aug 11 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 12 - Musica - Akron, OH
Aug 13 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH
Aug 14 - Southgate House - Cincinnati, OH/Newport, KY
Aug 15 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
Aug 16 - 3rd & Lindsley, Lightning 100 Nashville Sunday Night - Nashville, TN
Aug 18 - Zanzabar - Louisville, KY
Aug 20 - Rozz Tox - Rock Island, IL
Aug 24 - The Frequency - Madison, WI
Aug 25 - Fire Bird - St. Louis, MI
Aug 28 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
Aug 29 - Blue Door - Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 30 - Sam's Burger Joint - San Antonio, TX
Sept 2 - Cactus Club - Austin, TX
Sept 3 - Poor David's Pub - Dallas, TX
Sept 4 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
Sept 6 - Eddie's Attic - Atlanta, GA
Sept 8 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
Sept 25 - World Cafe Live - Wilmington, DE
Sept 26 - The Linda - Albany, NY
Sept 27 - The Kate - Old Saybrook, CT
European Tour Dates
Oct 3—Hedon–Zwolle, Netherlands   
Oct 4—Paradiso–Amsterdam, Netherlands  
Oct 7—Rio’s–Mettmann, Germany
Oct 8—Hot Jazz Club–Münster, Germany
Oct 9—Tribunen–Haderslev, Denmark  (free admission show)
Oct 10—Logo–Hamburg, Germany
Oct 11—Studio 7–Panketal, Germany   
Oct 14—Backstage–Munich, Germany
Oct 15—Orpheum Extra–Graz, Austria   
Oct 16—Haus der Musik–Vienna, Austria   
Oct 17—Kulturzentrum–Linz, Austria
Oct 18—ArtUm Centrum–Olomounc, Czech Republic
Oct 20—Schlachthof–Kassel, Germany 
Oct 21—Das Bett–Frankfurt, Germany
Oct 22—Arkadas Theatre–Cologne, Germany
Oct 23—Sotano–Greifswald, Germany   
Oct 24—Kulturlabor–Fehmarn, Germany 
Oct 25—Wabe–Berlin, Germany
Oct 27—Nörgelbuff–Göttingen, Germany
Oct 28—Marlene–Hannover, Germany
Oct 29—Bunker Ulmenwall–Bielefeld, Germany
Oct 30—Grend–Essen, Germany
Oct 31—Club Zentral–Stuttgart, Germany
UK Tour Dates
Nov 3—Hare & Hounds–Birmingham 
Nov 4—Night N Day Café–Manchester 
Nov 5—King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut–Glasgow 
Nov 6—The Borderline–London

Mr Sun The People Need Light Available Today

July 31, 2015

Compass Records Announces

Mr. Sun

       The People Need Light

       Available Today!
 
 

“Aside from their instrumental mastery, there is a playfulness to their music that falls somewhere between old time, bluegrass, swing, and what we used to call ‘new acoustic’.”

—Bluegrass Today


Mr. Sun is a new collaboration between four of American string band music’s most prolific virtuosos. Spearheaded by legendary fiddler Darol Anger (Turtle Island String Quartet/Montreux), the members of Mr. Sun span three generations and create a sound that draws from bluegrass, jazz and contemporary classical themes.

On their much anticipated debut album, THE PEOPLE NEED LIGHT, Mr. Sun scorches a set of tunes that emanate with warmth, emotion and pure joy. With both personality and unimaginable finesse, they move through soaring melodies, titillating solos, groovy rhythms and fluid time changes.

Mr. Sun features Anger, one of the most iconic fiddlers alive today, along with a trio of young but seasoned professionals: vocalist and mando monster Joe Walsh (The Gibson Brothers), flatpicker extraordinaire Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet/ Sextet), and the phenomenal bassist Ethan Jodziewicz (Sierra Hull). The musical personalities comprised in Mr. Sun are strongly independent, but the quartet comes together with love and humor that are evident in every melody they play together.


TRACK TITLES 

1.The Likes of You
2. The Fiddler's Boot
3. A Little Heart's Ease
4. Hunter's Permit
5. A Stranger Comes to Town
6. Ben's House
7. If I Were a Bell
8. The People Need Light
9. Key Signator
10. After You've Gone
11. Dry and Dusty

U.S. TOUR DATES

08/08 – Grand Targhee Bluegrass Fest, Alta, WY 
09/18-20 – Freshgrass Bluegrass Fest, North Adams, MA 
10/03 – IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival-Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 
10/04 – The Rooster’s Wife, Aberdeen, NC 
10/08 – Summity Community Center, Blodgett, OR
10/09 – Wisenbloom House Concert, Portland, OR 
10/10 – Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, Snohomish, WA
10/11 – Jeff Hollingsworth House Concert, Port Townsend, WA
11/14 – Jenkins' House Concert, New York, NY
11/19 – Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, NY *with special guest Tony Trischka
11/22 – Valley Stage, Richmond, VT
11/28 – One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME

The Waifs NPR Premiere

July 20, 2015

NPR 'All Songs Considered' premieres the first single from The Waifs' new record, 
Beautiful You, available August 14th


"The Waifs sound both comfortably loose and tighter than they've ever been.
–NPR All Songs Considered 


Beloved Australian folk rock band The Waifs will be releasing Beautiful You on August 14th. A strong sense of melody and affecting, illustrative lyricism guided The Waifs’ songwriting trifecta of Donna SimpsonVikki Thorn and Josh Cunningham as they wrote Beautiful You over the course of four years. With bassist Ben Franz and drummer David Ross Macdonald, the 5-piece outfit created an album that echoes with both wisdom and pop appeal.

The trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world, including opening for Bob Dylan in North America and Australia in 2003. True to form, Beautiful You features their trademark sound: "a bit of blues and roots, a bit of country, a bit of jazz, anything really."


Tour Dates

August 13, 2015 – Nature Center – Ogden, UT

August 16, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Folks Fest (Planet Bluegrass Ranch) – Lyons, CO

August 18, 2015 – Stewart Park – Roseburg, OR

August 19, 2015 – The Center for the Arts – Grass Valley, CA

August 21, 2015 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA

August 22, 2015 – Twisted Oak Winery – Vallecito, CA

August 23, 2015 – Van Zuer Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA

August 25, 2015 – Laxson Auditorium – Chico, CA

August 26, 2015 – Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA

August 27, 2015 – Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park – Los Angeles, CA

April 28, 2016 – Ball State University – Muncie, IN

April 30, 2016 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA

May 1, 2016 – Rams Head Stage – Annapolis, MD

May 3, 2016 – City Winery – New York City, NY

May 4, 2016 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT

May 12, 2016 – Admiral Theatre – Bremerton, WA

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