4 Stars – Rolling Stone. Don Henley’s first solo in album in 15 years, ‘Cass County’ is available today from Capitol Records. Mick Jagger and Miranda Lambert each lend their distinctive vocals to Tift Merritt’s “Bramble Rose” which kicks off the album. Henley told interviewer Beverly Keel that he had been a fan the song since he had heard Tift Merritt’s version in the early 2000s. Stan Lynch of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fame produced the album and co-wrote many of the album’s original songs with Henley. More guest appearances include Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, and Lee Ann Womack.
“I’m associated with California a lot because of that other band that I play in.” Henley tells Craig Shelburne of Rolling Stone. “but I really and truly was born and raised in Cass County, Texas. I’m a Southerner and a Texan. I have ancestors in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia. So this is a natural progression for me. It’s not me trying to do the ‘Don Henley country album’. It’s who I am and where I come from.”
Sep 25 2015
It’s that time of the year when a group of intrepid wanderers convene in Marfa, Texas for a weekend of live music, sandlot baseball, workshops, art installations and more. Watch Tift Merritt kick it off tonight at the 10th annual Trans-Pecos Festival. Other artists include Jenny Lewis, David Garza, Ben Kweller, Portugal. The Man, and many more. For more info click HERE.
Sep 24 2015
Chico Mann returns to Cali in concert this coming Saturday, September 26, 2015 for Oakland Music Fest 2015. Launched in 2013 as a celebration of all things Oakland, OMF is an independent showcase featuring local and international musical talent as well as local eateries, breweries and small craft distillers. Founded by a group of friends and Oakland locals, the Festival aims to foster and support both the local music, art community and the diverse food & spirit craftsmen that collectively give Oakland its distinct flavor. Click HERE for tickets and more information.
Sep 22 2015
“Skating Polly is simply one of the most original and interesting punk bands going. Its instrumentation is pretty minimal, but the duo makes an exhilarating racket & has poignant and poetic social commentary in its snarl. The Oklahoma City-based band’s fans include Exene Cervenka, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Lennon, and the Flaming Lips. A punk band that covers Spacemen 3, Perfume Genius, and M.I.A. among others, is definitely pulling from far more interesting places than many of its would-be peers”. Westword, Denver.
Sunday September 13th, 11:30a – Radicals Stage – Riot Fest, Chicago.
Sep 07 2015