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Tift Merritt – Bramble Rose

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This past Thursday during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Don Henley gave invited guests a first listen to some of the tracks from his upcoming star-studded solo album, Cass County. Mick Jagger and Miranda Lambert each lend their distinctive vocals to “Bramble Rose”, the lead-off track that Henley told interviewer Beverly Keel that he had been a fan of the song since he had heard Tift Merritt’s version in the early 2000s. We like this man’s taste in music!

Dolly Parton joins him for the other cover on the album, a version of the Louvin Brothers 1955 country hit “When I Stop Dreaming”. The rest of the album’s songs were written by Henley and many were co-written with production partner, Stan Lynch, the original drummer for Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. The album features additional powerhouse vocalists including 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 Country, 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.”

The album will be released on Capitol Records, an official release date has not yet been set but we hear rumors of a mid-September release.

Meanwhile we offer up fellow-Texan and songwriter supreme; Tift Merritt’s original version from her 2002 debut album of the same title. Enjoy!

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Contact & Licensing:
“Bramble Rose” is written by Tift Merritt. Published by Train Penny Publishing (BMI)/Measurable Music LLC, a Notable Music Co. / contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. / contact: Sean McGraw / Master controlled by Universal Music Group. Contact: Doug James /

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Rosanne Cash – Night School

Rosanne Cash is a national treasure. Her ability to illuminate the human condition in song and story is breathtaking and she’s done it for years. She is a deeply compassionate, people’s poet” – Cory Chisel to Rolling Stone Magazine.

We could not have summed it up better! Fittingly, Rosanne Cash will be presented with Smithsonian Magazine‘s prestigious 2014 American Ingenuity Award on Oct 16th in Washington D.C. by T Bone Burnett. The Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards annually honors 10 of the most inspired pioneers in America at the forefront of science, technology, art and education.

Cash, an outspoken advocate of artist’s rights and fair compensation for songwriters, passionately testified on behalf of creators and musicians on Capitol Hill this summer before the House Judiciary Committee on music licensing. You can read her excellent letter to the committee HERE.

This week’s Top Tune is “Night School” from Rosanne’s recent & highly acclaimed Blue Note Records debut, The River & the Thread. It is a song that Elvis Costello described to Rolling Stone in its “Guest List” column as one that “comes into my head when I’m least expecting it”. One of his favorite new songs of the year. It’s melody and string arrangement married to Cash’s lyrics by co-writer and producer John Leventhal, so beautifully done and the performance a huge stand out for us of her live show.

Rosanne and her band return to the West Coast this week for a special concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Oct 2nd or catch them Oct 5th in S.F. at the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival – Golden Gate Park!

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Contact & Licensing info:

Rosanne Cash is published by Chelcait Music (BMI)/Measurable Music LLC, A Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / John Leventhal is published by Lev-A-Tunes (ASCAP). Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James /

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