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. It all kicks off September 28th at the 12th annual Trans-Pecos Festival. Performers include our own Tift Merritt along with Lee Ann Womack, Robert Ellis, Erika Wennerstrom, Jenny Lewis, & many more. Click HERE for more info.
Happy Release Day! Sony Legacy celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Rosanne Cash‘s pioneering LP King’s Record Shop with a special edition 180-gram vinyl release and digital download with bonus tracks. Released on June 26, 1987, the album would prove a pivotal one not only in the career of Cash, but in the emergence of Americana as an heir to traditional country music. The set would also have the distinction of marking the first time a female artist had ever had four #1 singles on the Billboard Country charts from a single record. Cash’s covers of her father’s “Tennessee Flat Top Box”, John Hiatt’s “The Way We Make A Broken Heart”, John Stewart’s “Runaway Train” as well as “If You Change Your Mind,” a song she’d written with steel guitar player Hank DeVito, all climbed to the top of the chart.
Produced by Rodney Crowell (Rosanne’s then-husband), the set features a stellar band of players including Crowell, Vince Gill, Patty Smyth, Benmont Tench, Steve Winwood, and Randy Scruggs.
The fine folks at Sony Legacy have remastered and released Cy Coleman‘s delightful 1967 debut vocal album: If My Friends Could See Me Now, Cy Coleman Sings His Own Big Hits With Orchestra. The set “was conceived on 52nd street, mulled over in Beverly Hills, rehearsed on the French Riviera and recorded in London. Credit Des Champ, Gordon Franks and Peter Jeffries – three distinguished British arrangers and pub crawlers – for the fine arrangements.”
“In an era where ‘singer-composer’ has often come to mean someone who finds himself in front of a microphone with nothing to sing and simply takes matters into his own hands, I’m hoping this album strikes a responsive chord among those of us who stubbornly measure the top-forty hit songs not by the week, but by the decade, or as in the case of one recalcitrant quite close to this writer, the half-century.” Edward Keibart (from the original liner notes). Hear, Hear!
“This project is about authenticity and people living their truths.” Iconic American brand Gap is celebrating diversity and championing optimism through a fab new ad styled by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. The campaign stars Adwoa Aboah, Maria Borges, Christie Brinkley, Miles Chamley-Watson, Priyanka Chopra, Jonathan Groff, Wiz Khalifa, Fernanda Ly, Casil Mcarthur, Lineisy Montero, Ellen Rosa, Jasmine Sanders, Yara Shahidi, and Alek Wek. And they all came together to sing the 1976 Boney M version of Bobby Hebb‘s timeless song “Sunny”. Click HERE to watch.