Mike Farris takes home Best Roots Gospel GRAMMY for Shine For All The People

February 09, 2015
Mike FarrisMike Farris takes home Best Roots Gospel GRAMMY for Shine For All The People
Compass Records congratulates Mike Farris on his award presented last night by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at the 57th annual GRAMMY awards. Mike Farris won Best Roots Gospel Album for SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE.

"I decided to do the music I love to do, the music that makes me happy."  


Shine For All the People

Mike Farris  
"Surely, there are few artists whose persona belies their music more than Mike. Out of this diminutive, self described southern boy comes an extraordinary soulful 
voice with  a range, talent, and emotions that make him seem 
possessed.”  Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame + Museum
"10 Hidden Gems From 2015's GRAMMY Nominations" –USA Today
- #1 Best R&B Album of 2014 –PopMatters 
- #44 Best Album of 2014 –PopMatters
On Shine For All The PeopleMike Farris’ musical vision coalesces into a sound that harkens back to early soul records and yet emerges completely fresh. The album pushes beyond his critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights, into a realm that holds to hope amidst the failures and sufferings of the present.
The new album includes both original material and Farris' trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock, vintage Memphis soul and the swagger of New Orleans. Folk titan Mary Gauthier says of Mike: "He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone, and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they're not...that's magic.”


Best of 2014 SALE: All CDs are $9.99 / Vinyl only $12.99

January 28, 2015

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Colin Hay   Man @ Work (LP)

  Anniversary edition vinyl

  Includes tracks featured on Scrubs and Garden State soundtrack


Noam Pikelny   Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe

   2015 GRAMMY Nominee

   2014 IBMA Album of the Year


John Cowan   Sixty

  PopMatters' 15 Best Americana Albums of 2014

  Featuring Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Huey Lewis, Rodney Crowell and more 


The Duhks   Beyond the Blue

  AMA Top 100 Americana Albums of 2014

  "One of the Canadian neo-folk scene's most influential roots acts."      –Huffington Post


Mike Farris   Shine For All The People

  2015 GRAMMY Nominee

  Popmatters' Best R&B Album of 2014


Justin Currie   Lower Reaches

  "Master songwriting talents." –New York Daily News

  "Delivered with intelligence and sincereity." –BBC Music


AJ Croce   Twelve Tales

  "It is a pleasure to witness triple uniqueness: pianist, songwriter, singer."      –Allen Toussaint




 Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen   Cold Spell

    2015 GRAMMY Nominee

    2014 IBMA Instrumental Group of Year


Special Consensus & Friends   Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver

  2014 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year

  2014 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year


 Cecilia Noël   Havana Rocks

   2014 Lucas Award Nominee

  "Havana Rocks because Cecilia rocks." –Oscar Hernández



 Jim Oblon   Sunset

  "One of the most exciting guitarists in Nashville (and beyond)." –GuitarWorld

  "A musician's musician." –NPR Mountain Stage



Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper   On Down the Line

  IBMA 9-time Fiddle Player of the Year

  IBMA 4-time Instrumental Group of the Year


Michael Barnett   One Song Romance

  "Brilliant throughout...a triumph." –John Lawless, Bluegrass Today

  "Nothing but virtuosity here on so many levels." –Bluegrass Unlimited

Irish Traditional Band Altan Announces New Studio Album, The Widening Gyre, Out 2/24

January 28, 2015

The Widening Gyre Album Cover

Irish Music Masters Altan Confirms New Album,

The Widening Gyre, Out Feb 24 Via Compass Records

Guests Include Grammy Winners Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Brown and More

Recorded In Nashville, Album Explores Musical Relationship Between Traditional Irish and American Roots Music

U.S. Tour Kicks Off Feb 22 With NPR's Mountain Stage

The hottest group in the Celtic realm — The Boston Globe

After nearly 35 years together—the longest running Irish music band with every founding member in tact—Altan were ready to flex their musical boundaries when they began work on their newest album, The Widening Gyre. Adding new band member Martin Tourish on accordion and with the help of many good friends in the studio, Altan’s new album fuses the traditional Irish music that they are known for, namely Donegal fiddling and Gaelic singing traditions, with American roots music, particularly that of the Appalachian bluegrass fiddle.

Recording in Nashville for only the second time and the first time for a full album, the band was able to gather many of the roots musicians they’ve met over their thirty years together including Sam Bush, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Eddi Reader, Bryan Sutton, and Compass co-founder Alison Brown.

The bluegrass presence shows itself clearly on “Buffalo Gals” and “Thomasino (Thomas Tourish’s Tune),” a lively fiddle song written by Altan’s own Ciaran Tourish. Lead vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s crystalline voice unlocks the Celtic undertones of the mournful waltz “No Ash Will Burn,” penned by legendary Nashville songwriter Walt Aldridge, and Tim O’Brien duets on “The House Carpenter (Gypsy Davy),” a track which spotlights the shared musical roots of Irish and Appalachian music with references to both of these historical songs.

The Widening Gyre straddles time as it manages to remind listeners of the ancient bond between Irish and Appalachian music while at the same time breaking new ground through collaborations between masters of American roots music and Celtic music.

The Widening Gyre is a compelling development in Altan’s story proving they are still growing as artists, even after so many years together.

Tour Dates:

2/22 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage

2/27 – Boothbay Harbor, ME – Boothbay Harbor Opera House

2/28 – Sommerville, MA – World Music CRASHarts - Somerville Theatre

3/1 – New York City, NY – City Winery

3/2 – Fairfield, CT – Edgerton Center of the Performing Arts

3/5 – Ram's Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD

3/6 – Barns at Wolf Trade – Vienna, VA

3/7 –  Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre – Philadelphia, PA

3/8 – Majestic Theater – Gettysburg, PA

3/12 – UW Memorial Union – Madison, WI

3/13 – Old Town School - Maurer Hall – Chicago, IL

3/14 – Interlochen Center for the Arts – Interlochen, MI

3/15 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI

3/17 – Arden Theatre – St. Albert, AB

3/22 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR

3/24 – City Winery Napa – Napa, CA

3/25 – Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA

3/26 – Folsom Lake College – Folsom, CA

3/27 – Spanos Theater – San Luis Obisbo, CA

3/28 – Berger Performing Arts Center – Tucson, AZ

3/29 – Music Instrument Theater – Phoenix, AZ

4/1 – KiMo Theaer – Albuquerque, NM

4/2 – Daniels Hall – Denver, CO

4/3 – Union Colony Civic Center – Greeley, CO

5/7 – Mac – Birmingham, England

5/8 – The Atkinson – Southport, England

5/9 – Buxton Opera House – Derbyshire, England

5/14 – Huntingdon Hall – Worcester, England

5/15 – Grayshott Folk Club – Grayshott, England

5/16 – Blackheath Halls – London, England

5/20 – Carnegie Hall – Dunfermline, Scotland

5/21 – St. Andrews in the Square – Glasgow, Scotland

5/22 – The Queen's Hall – Edinburgh, Scotland

5/23 – The Buccleuch Centre – Langholm, Scotland


Venerable Singer/Songwriter Colin Hay Confirms First Album in Four Years, Next Year People, Out 2/17

January 28, 2015

Next Year People Album Cover

Venerable Singer/Songwriter Colin Hay Confirms First Album in Four Years, Next Year People, Out February 17 via Compass Records

On Tour in 2015 in Nashville, New York, Chicago + West Coast Dates

Colin Hay, familiar to millions as front-man, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who Can it Be Now?”), has confirmed the February 17, 2015 release of a new solo album entitled Next Year People on Compass Records.

Next Year People is the work of an artist who is a true master of his craft. The album is full of quizzical, curious, and cynical yet open-hearted songs with catchy melodic hooks that underscore deeply insightful lyrics.  Some of the songs are based on Colin's personal experiences such as "Waiting in the Rain," written about his parents and the almost mystical experience he had growing up in a music shop in Scotland, surrounded by instruments and a constant stream of 50's and 60's radio hits. 

The album's title track, "Next Year People," is a stand out composition, a stark but beautiful homage to the depression-era farmers who kept going by holding on to hope that next year would be better. "They kept doing the same thing and expecting a different result," explains Colin.  "I can relate, although their situation was so much more bleak."  

The album was produced by Hay and mixed by Chad Fischer (Chasing Mavericks, Ice Age 3, Lisa Loeb) and includes contributions from two young Cuban musicians, San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Montejo, both of whom recently emigrated from Havana, as well Larry Goldings on piano, Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel) on B3, and Colin's wife, vocalist Cecilia Noel.

Over the past 15 years Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. The frequent use of his music in TV and film—including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances) Army Wives and Modern Family, the hit soundtrack to the film Garden State and the recently released Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs. 


Colin Hay Tour Dates:

2/12-13 – Nashville, TN – City Winery

2/16-18 – New York, NY – City Winery

2/20-22 – Chicago, IL – City Winery

3/9 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre

3/10-11 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum

3/13 – Poway, CA – Poway Center for the Performing Arts

3/15 – Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre

3/17 – China, CA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

3/19 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre

3/20 – Napa, CA – City Winery

3/21 – San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts

3/22 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre

3/25 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater

3/26-27 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall

3/28 – Yakima, WA – Seasons Performing Hall

3/29 – Walla Walla, WA – Main Street Studio

3/31 – Sun Valley, ID – Sun Valley Opera House

4/4 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre


Track Listing for Next Year People:

1. Trying to Get to You  

2. If I Had Been a Better Man 

3. Did You Just Take the Long Way Home? 

4. I Want You Back 

5. Next Year People 

6. Lived in Vain 

7. Scattered in the Sand

8. To There from Here

9. Mr. Grogan 

10. Waiting in the Rain

Bonus Tracks–CD Edition Only

11. Are We There Yet? - 3.49 

12. Lament for Whisky McManus - 3.35 


Colin Hay Online:

"Too Late for Goodbyes" The New Single from Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

January 27, 2015

"Too Late for Goodbyes"

The New Single from Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

2015 Nominee for Fiddle Performer of the Year
from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA)

From On Down the LineProduced by Jeff White

New Single



Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper announce a new single from their latest  album, On Down the Line. "Too Late for Goodbyes" is a hard-driving bluegrass take on the Julian Lennon hit from 1984. Propelled by instrumental trades between banjo player Glenn Gibson and Cleveland, the bluegrass version is an unexpected twist on what was originally a rock song steeped in the electronic synth sounds of the era. 



Watch Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper Perform "Too Late for Goodbyes"

 Singer Josh Richards tackles Julian Lennon’s "Too Late For Goodbyes" to open proceedings and it makes for a far more effective bluegrass song than you could have imagined." – Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine

"On Down the Line, a terrific record by any standard, illustrates the band’s elevated cohesion and vibrant interplay even as it highlights the selflessness Cleveland brings to his bandleader’s calling." – David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine

On Down the Line is led by nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland. Michael is currently celebrating his 2015 SPBGMA nomination for Fiddle Performer of the Year. The group's virtuosic style and traditional bluegrass sound have  never been better represented or received such high praise. 

The album's fourteen tracks showcase Flamekeeper's rich instrumental blend and tight, three-part vocal harmonies with tunes that span from straight-ahead bluegrass (“Fiddlin’ Joe," "Orange Blossom Special") to melodic, heart-felt songs such as "Just Call Me Crazy" and the imaginative reworking of the traditional "Jack O'Diamonds" as a solo fiddle tour de force. 

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper 2015 Tour Dates:

Feb 6 - The Station Inn, Nashville, TN
Feb 7 - SPBGMA Convention, Nashville, TN
Mar 7 - Imagine Awards, Elizabethtown, IN
Mar 8 - The Players Pub, Bloomington, IN
Mar 27 - Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, Wilmington, OH
Apr 10 - Shepherdsville Music Barn, Shepherdsville, KY
Apr 11 - Western Brown High School, Mount Orab, OH
May 1 - Crossroads Christian Church, Newark, OH
May 23 - Lil John's Mountain Music Festival, Snow Camp, NC
June 6 - Bluegrass by the Lake, Greenfield, IL
June 20 - Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, IN
July 11 - Bluegrass on the Grass, Carliste, PA
Aug 13 - North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, Marion, NC
Aug 28-29 - Lakes Bluegrass Festival, Pine River, MN
Sept 17 - Dailey Vincent Land Fest, Denton, NC
Sept 25 - Uncle Pen Days, Bean Blossom, IN 
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