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Sam Phillips – Reflecting Light

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In April 2004, Sam Phillips released the second of what would become a trio of excellent albums for Nonesuch Records, A Boot And A Shoe. It’s an album that was aptly described by the Los Angeles Times as delivering “deft, powerful strokes” and Billboard proclaimed it: “A disc of graceful beauty”.

You may recognize its’ sixth track, the stunning “Reflecting Light” from a now iconic scene in Netflix’s 2016 relaunch of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life just released on DVD and Blu-ray this week! This gem was also featured in the 2009 film and soundtrack to, Crazy Heart. The film earned Jeff Bridges an Academy Award for Best Actor and is one of our all-time faves. Sam sings and plays guitar, T Bone Burnett plays bass, it’s Patrick Warren on piano and pump organ and the great Section Quartet (Eric Gorfain/violin, Daphne Chen/violin, Richard Dodd/cello, Leah Katz/viola) on strings.

Not that I’ve worn out, I’ve worn out the world
I’m on my knees in fascination
Looking through the night
And the moon’s never seen me before
But I’m reflecting light

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Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw Master controlled by Nonesuch Records/Warner Music Group.

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Barnum (1980 Original Broadway Cast) – One Brick At a Time

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This week’s Top Tune salutes the launch of esteemed theater company Menier Chocolate Factory London‘s upcoming revival of Cy Coleman‘s 1980 hit Broadway musical Barnum. Winner of 3 Tony’s and starring Jim Dale, Glenn Close and Kevin Kline, the original Broadway production (based on the life of “the greatest showman on earth”, P.T. Barnum) ran for 854 performances at The St. James Theater and spawned several successful touring productions in London, Australia, and Madrid.

The musical features a score by Coleman (who was also a producer of the show), lyrics by Michael Stewart and a book by Mark Bramble. The original director-choreographer Joe Layton deftly turned the theatre into a circus combining real life circus performers with musical theater singers and dancers. This London revival runs November 25 through March 3rd and is directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Rebecca Howell and features Marcus Brigstocke as P.T. Barnum.

We’re thrilled to note that the UK revival coincides with the release of a new recording of the score; Harbinger Records along with The Musical Theater Project presents the Barnum Backers’ Audition. Backers’ auditions are the stuff of theatrical lore (explains Coleman biographer Andy Propst). A composer and lyricist set up in a living room or perhaps a restaurant somewhere in Manhattan and, in front of well-heeled potential investors for the newest show, set about performing what they’ve created. If all goes well, at the end of the informal presentation, checks are written or financial commitments are made, allowing the producers to proceed with starting the show to Broadway. The recording is a rare and joyous look into the birth of a major musical performed by the authors themselves!

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Contact & Licensing Info:

“One Brick At a Time” music: Cy Coleman, lyrics: Michael Stewart. Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP
Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / Contact: Sean McGraw /
Master controlled by Sony Music Group

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Blossom Dearie – Sweet Georgie Fame

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Blossom Dearie had a decades-long cult following as a musicians’ musician. Born in the foothills of the Catskill mountains, Dearie moved to NYC in the mid-1940s where she became part of the jazz scene, hanging out with Miles Davis, his arranger Gil Evans, and saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. Blossom moved to Paris in the 1950s where she worked with Annie Ross and her eight-piece vocal group the Blue Stars.

Dearie met impresario Norman Ganz who had become a fan of her girlish voice, unusual choice of material, and jazz-influenced style of singing. Ganz started Verve Records in 1956 and invited her to return to NY. She began her solo career with a half-dozen Verve albums and performed in jazz clubs and her first television appearance on the Tonight Show with Jack Paar.

Another of her favorite cities called her back across the Atlantic where she set up shop in London with famed residencies at Ronnie Scott’s and Annie’s Room. This week’s top tune comes from her 1970 album That’s Just the Way I Want to Be and is notable that for the first time, the focus is on Dearie as a songwriter.

Blossom pays tribute to her favorite British rock singers with “Dusty Springfield”, “Hey John” (Lennon), and “Sweet Georgie Fame”. Fame, a rhythm and blues and jazz singer, had a string of #1 hits in the 1960s plus a version of Bobby Hebb‘s “Sunny” that made #13 in 1966. Georgie continues to perform to this day often working with Van Morrison and Bill Wyman.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Written by Blossom Dearie & Sandra Harris
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP
Contact: Damon Booth/
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw/
Master controlled by Universal Music Group.

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Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

Rosanne Cash 1024x682 Austin City Limits Hall of FameAustin City Limits to induct Rosanne Cash, Roy Orbison, and New Orleans icons The Neville Brothers into the 2017 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame with a ceremony and all-star concert tonight at Austin’s ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Renowned singer-songwriter Chris Isaak will host the celebratory evening.

Confirmed performances include: Cash, Isaak, Raul Malo, Ry Cooper, Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, and Trombone Shorty. The production will be taped to air on PBS stations New Years Eve 2017!

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