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John Cowan's SIXTY, produced by John McFee (Doobie Brothers)

July 15, 2014

John Cowan - SixtyJohn Cowan Announces New Album and Supporting Tour Dates

Produced by fellow Doobie Brother, John McFee, guest roster includes Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Sam Bush, among others

John Cowan is set to release his brand new studio effort, SIXTY, on August 24th. The new album, his first since 2010’s THE MASSENBERG SESSIONS, touches on all facets of his career and is, without a doubt, the legendary singer’s most ambitious solo effort to date. Produced by fellow Doobie Brother, John McFee, the album’s 12 tracks showcase Cowan’s iconic vocals alongside an impressive array of nearly 30 guests including Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Bernie Leadon, Sam Bush, Chris Hillman, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, Ray Benson and many more. 

Tracks range from the New Orleans-styled, heartfelt "Miss the Mississippi," to "Why Are You Crying," a banjo driven foot stomper, to the rocking "Run For Your Life," which, as performed by Cowan, could easily become an Americana standard.  The album’s opener "The Things I Haven’t Done" alludes to Cowan’s Newgrass roots while the standout piano/vocal duet with the legendary Leon Russell, "Feel Like Going Home," (recorded live and in one take) is an absolute stunner.
 
Taken as a whole, the album illustrates the breadth of Cowan’s vocal talents while showcasing his remarkable vocal dexterity across a variety of genres, proving that 45 years into his career, John is still one of the most iconic singers in roots music.  “I love my ‘job’,” Cowan says. “I love playing music for people every night. I’m very grateful for every opportunity I have to play my music with my own band for the fans that have been so loyal to me over the years. I don’t ever want to stop sharing my music with them.”

John Cowan, John McFee and friends will launch a tour in support of the new release this September, and is currently on tour with the Doobie Brothers.

Congratulations to Compass Records' IBMA candidates for nomination

July 15, 2014

Please consider the following Compass Records candidates for nominations when you cast your vote on the IBMA Awards Second Ballot.  A complete list of our candidates follows below:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Claire Lynch Band
Dale Ann Bradley
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Special Consensus

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Bankesters
Claire Lynch Band
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Special Consensus

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Special Consensus
 
SONG OF THE YEAR
 
"Dear Sister"
Performed by: Claire Lynch
Written by: Louisa Branscomb, Claire Lynch

"The Letter"
Performed by: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Written by: Wayne Carson Thompson

"Wild Montana Skies"
Performed by: Special Consensus with Claire Lynch and Rob Ickes
Written by: John Denver
 
ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver
Special Consensus & Friends
 
Love Has Wheels
The Bankesters
 
Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
Noam Pikelny
 
When We Fall
Rebecca Frazier
 
INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

"Country Boy"
Special Consensus with Michael Cleveland, Buddy Spicher and Alison Brown

"Virginia Coastline"
Rebecca Frazier
 
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Bankesters
Rebecca Frazier

RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR

"Keeping It Between the Lines"
Peter Rowan with Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie McCoury, Del McCoury

"Wild Montana Skies"
Special Consensus with Claire Lynch & Rob Ickes
 
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Frank Solivan
Larry Stephenson
 
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Claire Lynch
Dale Ann Bradley
Rebecca Frazier
 
BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Greg Cahill
Mike Munford
Noam Pikelny

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Danny Booth
Missy Raines
Todd Phillips

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michael Cleveland
 
DOBRO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Phil Leadbetter
 
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Chris Luquette
Dustin Benson
Matt Wingate
Rebecca Frazier

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Frank Solivan
Larry Stephenson
Rick Faris

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