Listen Up To Hal Ketchum!
"I had pretty much thrown in the towel," says chart-topping country music legend and Grand Ole Opry member Hal Ketchum, describing his recent five-year respite from the music industry. "I wasn't interested in putting out another big country album. I've done that. I've been there, man."
Yes, he has. Ketchum has proven his worth in country music. Now, he branches out. Ketchum's first full-length studio release in six years, I'm The Troubadour, out October 7 on Music Road Records, finds him letting his songwriting expand into folk, blues, rock and soul.
According to Ketchum, he's had this musical renaissance in him all along. "I like to say that I've been successfully misunderstood for 30 years," he says. "I mean, I was a cabinet maker from Gruene, TX. I got a record deal and I had a number one record out of the box and suddenly I was a 'country' singer. The genre served me very well and I'm really grateful for the opportunities that the country music world brought to me. But creatively, this record was a beautiful departure for me. It's opened me up again."
His new album marks a return after 15 years fighting multiple sclerosis. "I wasn't really planning on doing another album," says Ketchum, who has produced fifteen Top 10 singles and sold more than five million albums in his career. But when Jimmy LaFave and Kelcy Warren of Austin's Music Road Records heard his songs, they knew they had to convince Ketchum to write another album. "We had a great talk, and they said 'Hal, you've made these great country records, but we really want to challenge you to reach outside of your comfort zone and write from your heart," Ketchum recalls. "So that was my goal."
JFP at AmericanaFest
Congratulations to all the Americana Honors and Awards Nominees, especially Hurray For the Riff Raff! Hurray for the Riff Raff was nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year. The Americana Music Awards will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Wednesday, September 17. Check out Hurray For the Riff Raff's latest release, Small Town Heroes
Other JFP artists that will perform and appear at AmericanaFest include: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, Matt The Electrician, Rhett Miller, Matt Harlan, Shinyribs, and many more!!
Eight 30 Records
Jenni Finlay and Brian T. Atkinson officially have launched their new Eight 30 Records! See below for more information about our first release. CLICK HERE for more about the record label.
Jon Dee Graham - Do Not Forget
Pre-order an exclusive copy of Jon Dee Graham's Do Not Forget in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app. Fans voted for their favorite tracks to create this unique bootleg. THIS ALBUM WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE IN STORES OR SHOWS. Available only to those who pre-order by AUGUST 31, CLICK HERE to secure your copy today. You'll get the album the moment it’s released this September.
CLICK HERE for more about Jon Dee Graham
Jenni Finlay Co-Producing Tribute to Ted Hawkins
Jenni Finlay and Brian T. Atkinson have teamed up with former Gourds leader and current Shinyribs front man Kevin Russell to co-produce Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins. The collection marks the first tribute album dedicated to the soulful Venice Beach street performer, a legend overseas later in his lifetime but a songwriter largely overlooked in the United States. Hawkins simply sang songs like the lyrics had been stamped on his heart at birth. High watermarks such as “Sorry Your Sick,” “Cold and Bitter Tears,” “Watch Your Step,” “Whole Lotta Women,” “The Lost Ones” and other classics prove the point. Look for it in 2015 on Finlay and Atkinson's label, Eight 30 Records. More details coming soon.
Jess Klein Nationwide Tour
Jess Klein will spend September on the road in Germany, Denmark, Belgium and the UK supporting the european release of Learning Faith on Blue Rose Records.
Sept 3 MUSIC STAR Norderstedt, Germany
Sept 5 THE RED ROOM Aabenraa, Denmark
Sept 6 FAVSBJERG NATURHOSTEL Klovtoft, Denmark
Sept 8 NEUE WELT Ingolstadt, Germany
Sept 10 HAUS 13 Elmshorn, Germany
Sept 12 STAT68 Aalter, Belgium
Sept 13 HOMECONCERT ROESELARE Roeselare, Belgium
Sept 14 HOUSE CONCERT Ardooie, Belgium
Sept 15 DE BLAUWE PLEK Reningelst, Belgium
Sept 18 RED RIVER SALOON Heilbronn, Germany
Sept 19 VITOS KLINIKUM Heppenheim, Germany
Sept 20 TBA Heppenheim, Germany
Sept 22 FOLKCLUB SCHEUER Villingen-Schwenningen
Sept 23 KESSELHAUS KOLBERMOOR Kolbermoor BY
Sept 26 ALL SAINTS CHURCH Penarth Wales
Sept 27 LE PUB Newport Wales
Sept 28 THE GREEN NOTE London, UK
Sept 29 KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE Birmingham, UK
Sept 30 THE PRINCE ALBERT Stroud, UK
Oct 2, 2014 THE EXMOOR BEASTRO Dulverton, UK
Oct 3, 2014 MR. WOLF'S Bristol, UK
Oct 4, 2014 KINGSMEAD HOUSE CONCERTS High Wycombe UK
Jess will perform a rare Austin Show with her full band on October 16 at Strange Brew, before embarking on a midwest and east coast tour in November.
Curtis McMurtry - In Stores and On The Road
Curtis McMurtry's Respectable Enemy
is available NOW! CLICK HERE
to purchase your copy today.
“Wise beyond his years,” CMT recently labeled McMurtry. Celebrated songwriter Joe Pug agrees: “Like few songwriters his age, Curtis truly understands what a big tent American music actually is. While most modern Americana practitioners search for another rough edge to sand down, his debut is refreshingly unsymmetrical and beautiful.”
McMurtry's novelist's eye offers striking attention to detail throughout. “Curtis is frightfully observant and unflinching in his approach and he has a refined voice for story telling,” the album's producer Will Sexton says. “He's an absurd creature who you can't stop staring at and wanting to listen to.” Songwriting legend Jon Dee Graham eagerly doubles down: “Respectable Enemy’s an honest recording of good performances and well-written songs. I wish I could've played the guitar on ‘Wire.’ It's wonderful. I would’ve loved to fuck some shit up there.”
for the review in No Depression. CLICK HERE
for the feature in The New York Times. Curtis hits the road this month! CLICK HERE
for all tour dates and don't miss a show near you!
for more about Curtis McMurtry
Listen Up to Sid Griffin!
The Trick Is To Breathe (Prima Records) is the first solo album by Sid Griffin (the Coal Porters, the Long Ryders) in a decade. Recorded in Nashville, Tenn. at the home studio of Thomm Lutz in February 2014 over four days, the album will be released in the U.S. on September 16, 2014.
When Sid Griffin started recording 30 years ago, the term Americana didn't exist. Now, he is considered one of the genre’s founding fathers. With the now legendary Long Ryders, he crossed punk’s spirit with country music chops and pioneered cowpunk and alt-country. Currently a Coal Porter playing acoustic music, Griffin now uses bluegrass instrumentation to play original folk/Celtic songs. “It is the familiar heard anew,” he says.
The Trick Is To Breathe announces Sid Griffin is back on the world stage as a solo artist, globetrotting troubadour and singer-songwriter who recently wrote liner notes for Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete, part of Sony Legacy’s Bootlegs series. “I am in a good space as the saying goes and The Trick Is To Breathe is going to help keep me there. Yes, I am an American who lives in Europe but my heart resides south of the Mason-Dixon and it shows on this album. I can’t wait to tread the boards again and play these songs for the people.”
Shelley King - In Stores Now!
Shelley King's highly anticipated Building A Fire
is available now! CLICK HERE
to purchase your copy today!
Some people enter a room and blend right in. Not Shelley King. No, she sweeps in, carrying herself with the strength and assurance of a woman who knows how to step up and get it done, whether “it” is leading her band, running her own record label or co-producing her new album, Building A Fire
If there’s a little swagger to her strut, she’s earned it. Since quitting a sales job to pursue music full time in 1998, the singer-songwriter has served as the first female Texas state musician, performed with Levon Helm, toured the United States, Europe and Japan and cut seven albums — including this one, her seventh, her second album to co-produce with members of the subdudes.
On Building A Fire
, the tension between spirituality and sexuality, gospel influences and rootsier renderings, is a theme permeating the album. One thing is certain: Shelley King has learned how to build quite a fire — one so strong, it’s gonna burn for a long, long time.
for the feature in The Alternative Root. Check out the tour dates below and be sure to catch Shelley's fiery show when she's in YOUR neck of the woods:
9/4 Strange Brew, Lounge Side, Austin, TX - Building A Fire Album Release Show
9/5 Hondo's on Main, Fredericksburg, TX
9/6 Baker Street Pub & Grill, Austin, TX
9/9 Lonestar Music in-store, San Marcos, TX
9/12 Old Quarter Acoustic Café, Galveston, TX - Building A Fire Album Release Show
9/13 LIVE on KPFT 90.1fm (1:00am), Houston, TX
9/13 Cheatham St. Warehouse, San Marcos, TX - Building A Fire Album Release Show
9/20 The Bugle Boy, La Grange, TX - Building A Fire Album Release Show
9/23 Whole Foods (HAAM Benefit Day), Austin, TX
10/3 Riley's Tavern, New Braunfels, TX
10/4 One 2 One Bar, Austin, TX
Stay Tuned for the Next Catfish Concert
Jenni Finlay Promotions and Brian T. Atkinson
have been presenting the intimate Austin house concert series Catfish Concerts for more than a year now and we're going stronger than ever now! Catfish Concerts features solo/acoustic performances by some of the top artists of Americana (including David Olney, Mando Saenz, J.T. Van Zandt, Randy Weeks, Owen Temple, Susan Gibson, Walt Wilkins, Will Sexton, Tim Easton, Susan Gibson, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay and many more).
Join us Sunday, September 28 for an incredible performance by Greg Trooper
. Can't make it to Austin? You can tune in LIVE HERE.
“Catfish Concerts is among the most intimate, friendly and inspired and inspirational house concerts in the country and most likely the world. It's like hanging out with your favorite folks in a treehouse, built by your favorite uncle, the one who paints and writes poems all day. I’ll tell you what I think Catfish is: a genuine piece of heaven that you can touch with your hands, while you drink good local beer and listen to great songs. Thank you, Jenni and Brian, for creating such a space and event.” – Walt Wilkins
“The cool thing about Catfish Concerts is that it really has the feel of when I was a kid in South Austin, except you guys are way too calm and take it way to seriously.” – John Townes Van Zandt II
Radney Foster "California" Contest
Don't miss out on this great opportunity: Beginning October 1, Radney Foster will hold his FIRST EVER online concert giveaway.
Ten winners nationwide will receive a special edition Radney Foster Care Package (which will include autographed copies of his entire CD collection - including his brand new Everything I Should Have Said, t-shirts, posters and more!)
The grand prize winner and a guest will receive a trip to Napa on November 22, have a private lunch with Radney Foster, and be VIP guests at his City Winery show that evening. Travel and hotel will be provided.
Stay tuned for details on how you can enter!
for more about Radney Foster
David Olney Buzz
David Olney's When The Deal Goes Down
continues to receive world-wide praise and acclaim. CLICK HERE
for the cover story in The Nashville Scene. CLICK HERE
for his nod in The Alternative Root's Top 10 Songs of the Week. CLICK HERE
for the stellar review in Blurt!
“David Olney is an artist who has assembled an album of WELL-CRAFTED and THOUGHTFUL MUSIC. ‘When The Deal Goes Down’ is one of the better releases of his career as lyrically he moves in a number of directions. A WORTHY ALBUM from an artist who has dedicated his life to his craft.” - Cashbox Magazine
“Here's what's important: When the Deal Goes Down SETS THE BAR for this year in rooted songwriting. Be warned, all would-be competitors: it's a dauntingly high one.” - Rambles.net
“BE ADVISED NOT TO SETTLE for a CURSORY LISTEN; this is, after all, an effort that provides potential for REPEATED REVELATIONS each time out. It's a reflection of Olney's special pedigree that he's not only able to pull all these INTRIGUING IDEAS together, but also make the MELODIES SO MEMORABLE in the process.” - Country Standard Time
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: CLICK HERE
for Olney's recent performance on Music City Roots.
Jenni Finlay Hosts Free Music Seminar Series This Fall
Central Texas Listen Up: Jenni Finlay will host a series of FREE music seminars this fall, once a month atCheatham Street Warehouse
(119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, TX) at 6:30pm. The series is sponsored by the Cheatham Street Music Foundation. If you can't make it in person, be sure to tune in via Concert Window (all donations benefit The Cheatham Street Music Foundation) Check out the schedule below:
"The Part That Ain't Art : Going Your Own Way in the Music Business" - Reading and discussion by Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines (ATTEND VIRTUALLY HERE)
: "How to Book Your Own National Tour" - featuring panelists Nancy Fly (Bruce Robison, Guy Forsyth) and Davis McLarty (Dale Watson, Shinyribs). (ATTEND VIRTUALLY HERE)
"How SIMS Can Help Heal the Hurt" (featuring speaker Heather Alden, managing director of the SIMS Foundation) (ATTEND VIRTUALLY HERE)
"How to Write Your Own Press Release" - featuring panelists; Richard Skanse (Editor, Lone Star Music magazine); Brian T. Atkinson (Austin American-Statesman, CMT-Edge); Lynne Margolis (Grammy.com, American Songwriter). (ATTEND VIRTUALLY HERE)
Listen Up to Luke Pruitt!
Luke Pruitt left Nashville in 2009 and moved back to his home of Fort Smith, Arkansas, thinking that his days in the music business were over. “I was burned out,” Pruitt says. “I had lost perspective on why I started playing music, which is to add to the story of the human condition. I had to come home to find that. I had to come back to my roots.” The result is a debut EP, Songs of Home, Pt. 1, in which Luke’s roots in timeless American art shine.
In “County Fair," Luke sings of a teenage kid playing his guitar for tips in hopes of saving enough money to leave home and make the great American record. There is an autobiographical bend to the song that is a reflection of a Hemingway story as much as Townes Van Zandt or Paul Simon. Luke’s resonant baritone vocals combine seamlessly with the “music first” production of Calvin Turner (Marc Broussard) that leave the listener wondering if the record was made in the heyday of the 1970’s L.A. folk scene or modern day Nashville.
for more about Luke Pruitt
Matt Harlan Joins Twelve Project
Matt Harlan recently joined up with the Twelve Project (alongside Hayes Carll, Joe Pug, Carrie Rodriguez, Jamie Wilson, Walt Wilkins, Drew Kennedy, Ian Moore, Asli Omar (of the Tontons), Waylon Payne, Bo Salling and Little Joe Washington) to take film-camera pictures of his travels and play a show with Walt Wilkins (Nov. 20 in Galveston). One photo from each artist's roll of film will be chosen and auctioned off along with proceeds from the concerts to benefit Galveston-area, arts-loving youth.
to check out Harlan's re-vamped website (and don't forget to join the mailing list).
His latest release, Raven Hotel
, continues to receive rave reviews. CLICK HERE
for the review in Hyperbolium. CLICK HERE
for the feature in Parcbench.
THIS JUST IN: On this 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in Louisiana, I'm making my song, "Over the Bridge," available for free. It was written in response to Barbara Bush's infamous "let them eat cake" moment when she remarked that sleeping on cots and living in the Astrodome was "working very well" for evacuees that were "underprivileged anyway." CLICK HERE
to get yours now.
James McMurtry Live at Lagunitas
James McMurtry will grace the stage at the LaguMiniAmphitheatre in Petaluma, California on September 16. Free to the public, the McMurtry band will give the audience a sneak peek of the songs featured on his upcoming album (in stores January 2015). Stay tuned next month to hear his brand new single on radio stations everywhere. The band will hit the road again this fall touring the northeast. CLICK HERE
for dates, and don't miss a show near you!
Bill Wence In Stores Now
Bill Wence’s fourth Americana album since 2001,Songs That Make Me Think About You
, is available now. CLICK HERE
to purchase your copy today. Check out what folks are saying about this incredible album:
"The musicians on the album did a terrific job and hats off to Bill for assembling such great talent" - Harold Bradley
"I have just listened to the new CD by Bill Wence. It's a collection of well-written, well-played and well-performed songs. He has also included a couple of "evergreens", "Beyond The Sea" and "There'll Never Be Anyone
Else But You For Me." Congrats Bill, another batch of Ear Candy." - Charlie McCoy
(Mary Gauthier's recent performance at The Grand Ole Opry)
Mary Gauthier On The Road
Mary Gauthier continues her worldwide tour, supporting her brand new record, Trouble & Love
, (CLICK HERE
to purchase your copy now).. Check out the dates below and don't miss a show near you!
9/3 Pittsburgh, KS Lakewood House Concerts
9/4 Salina, KS Blue Heaven Studios
9/5 Glenside, PA Glenside House Concerts
9/13 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry
9/14 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
9/16 Iowa City, IA The Englert Theatre
9/17 Chicago, IL City Winery
9/19 St Louis, MO Off Broadway
9/20 Kansas City, MO Folly Theater
to check out Mary Gauthier Lyric Video of the Week: song #5 WORTHY. CLICK HERE
for the fabulous mention in Rolling Stone. CLICK HERE
for the feature in The Wall Street Journal. CLICK HERE
for the story in American Songwriter.
Old 97's - Most Messed Up
magazine said "there's a timelessness" to Most Messed Up
and the album is also earning them some of their best reviews. Old 97's "brilliant" (New Yorker
) new album Most Messed Up
(ATO) debuted at #30 on the Billboard 200, in the Top 10 on Billboard's Independent Albums and in the Top 5 Vinyl Albums chart - the highest chart debut of their career, and continues to garner rave reviews.Old 97's are currently on an extensive national tour. Check out the full list of dates: http://old97s.com/shows/
"Blistered, blasted and brilliant" - New Yorker
for more about Old 97's
George Strait Writes Foreword for Kent Finlay: Dreamer
Jenni Finlay is currently co-writing Kent Finlay: Dreamer
with Brian T. Atkinson, author of I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt
. BIG NEWS:
George Strait recently turned in his foreword (Plus: He gave an incredible interview for the book highlighting his start at Cheatham Street Warehouse and his first trip to Nashville with Kent). In the book, you’ll find the best of both worlds: Jenni’s intimate interviews with her father about his entire life and Brian T.’s detailed conversations with songwriters and aritsts (George Strait, Eric Johnson, Todd Snider, Randy Rogers, and dozens more) about his astounding influence. No stone remains unturned. Look for the book soon, a captivating tale telling the story of arguably the most influential mentor, songwriter and venue owner in Texas music history. CLICK HERE
Not Just Awesome...TEXAS Awesome!
Get your Texas Awesome Shirts HERE
(all proceeds benefit the Kent Finlay Medical Fund). For a limited time, the songwriters interviewed for Kent Finlay: Dreamer
have contributed an MP3 to benefit the Medical Fund. CLICK HERE
to purchase yours today!
JFP Spotify Playlist
Having a house warming? Hosting a poker night? Do you just need a playlist to make your workday go by faster? Be sure to subscribe to the JFP Spotify Playlist for your every musical need! CLICK HERE
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: CLICK HERE
for pictures of the 8th Anniversary Party of Jenni Finlay Promotions (photos by Brian T. Atkinson)
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