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Nanci Griffith: Intersection

Nanci Griffith

Nanci Griffith
Intersection

April 10, 2012
Proper Records

“Admirers of Griffith’s earliest recordings will no doubt delight in Intersection as much for its familiarity as the quality of its songwriting and performances.”All Music Guide

“Mostly she’s reaching into the dark places, teasing pain from the wreckage and holding it up for all to see.”Paste Magazine

Twenty albums now, and none before like this. “Intersection” is not an album of resolution or closure; it’s an album about difficulties, about anger, about things that slip away and things that explode.

Griffith is beloved as a songwriter but also as someone who unearths others’ songs and brings them to light, on her new 12 song record there are 5 covers including ones by Loretta Lynn and Blaze Foley.

Recorded at her Nashville home, she has surrounded herself by a crack team of musicians and backing singers.

Cowboy Junkies: The Wilderness – The Nomad Series – Vol.4

Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies
The Wilderness – The Nomad Series – Vol.4

March 26, 2012
Proper Records UK

“Free from vague thematic restraints, this volume works as the most immediately listenable and comprehensible of the Nomad Series and stands alone as another strong volume of the craft Cowboy Junkies have been honing for years.”All Music Guide

“The series is all that they are-accomplished, graceful, thoughtful and poignant. And The Wilderness is its fitting conclusion.”Paste Magazine

Cowboy Junkies are releasing The Wilderness, Volume 4 of The Nomad Series, marking the conclusion of an ambitious schedule of four releases over an 18-month period.

The title, The Wilderness, in some odd way defines what these songs were actually “about”: fragility, emptiness, loneliness, beauty, chance, loss, desperation, the delicate balancing act that makes up a life

Michael Timmins sums up the band’s motivation for taking on such a massive project as The Nomad Series quite simply. “The main reason for wanting to do it,” he says, “is that, as we steam through our twenty-fifth year, we feel that we have the energy and inspiration to pull it off.”

Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream

Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt
Slipstream

April 10, 2012
Proper Records

“It’s mood music with a razor edge, pain fronting as bliss, delivered by a vet who understands that the blues are often about just that.”Rolling Stone

“Slipstream relies on Bonnie;’s voice and slide playing–and, above all, her felicitous ability to pick the right song.”Uncut

Bonnie Raitt’s new album “Slipstream” is daring, bluesy, and steeped with the inimitable slide guitar and soulful vocals that could only be hers. “Slipstream” marks her first new album in seven years.

While most of “Slipstream” is self-produced and features Raitt’s longtime touring band, four of the album’s songs were helmed by celebrated producer Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Solomon Burke) and showcase his usual crew of extraordinary musicians. Additional guests include Bill Frisell, Al Anderson (formerly of NRBQ), Ireland’s Paul Brady, and Maia Sharp. The album’s twelve tracks feature Raitt’s renditions of songs by such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Joe Henry, and Loudon Wainwright III.

Tom Russell: Mesabi

Tom Russell - Mesabi

Tom Russell
Mesabi

September 6, 2011
Proper Records

“With Telecasters and drums driving, and Valenzuela’s mariachi trumpet singing above it, it’s a cracking way to close an album that defines what Americana is.”All Music Guide

“An epic study of sand and celluloid.”Uncut

A thread runs through its songs, a zigzagging but determinedly solid line that connects the perilous bordertown of Juarez, Mexico to the real and faux glitz of L.A. and the bleak iron range of Minnesota, the Mesabi of the album’s title. The broad landscapes created by Tom Russell for Mesabi are inhabited by characters we all know, Bob Dylan, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor, and some we may not: the now-obscure, once well-known singer Cliff ‘Ukulele Ike’ Edwards, the tragic Disney child star Jimmy Driscoll and the character actor Sterling Hayden. It’s a logical progression from Russell’s last album, 2009′s Blood and Candle Smoke, yet it’s like no other album Russell has made in his nearly four decades as a recording artist.
Co-produced by Russell and keyboardist Barry Walsh, and recorded in several different studios in Tucson, Texas, Nashville and Los Angeles, Mesabi is the 26th album from an artist whose songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares ‘a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.’

The Waterboys: Appointment With Mr Yeats

Waterboys

The Waterboys
Appointment With Mr Yeats

September 27, 2011
Proper Records UK

“While these are thrillingly alive with Scott’s undaunted belief in rock’s majestic possibilities, he reminds himself to have fun as well.”Uncut

“Like Eddi Reader’s Sings the Songs Of Robert Burns, this is bard bigging-up of note.”Mojo

‘An Appointment with Mr Yeats’ sees the words of W B Yeats, one of Ireland’s greatest literary sons, merged with the music of The Waterboys, one of Britain and Ireland’s greatest rock bands, in a truly unique and ambitious musical undertaking.

The album features an extended Waterboys line-up including fiddle maestro Steve Wickham, new Irish singer Katie Kim, multi-instrumentalist Kate St.
John, Flook flautist Sarah Allen and Catalan trombonist Blaise Margail. ‘An Appointment with Mr Years’ draws on fourteen of Yeats’ poems, spanning both famous and lesser known works, from the wry to the romantic, the political to the mythological, all invigorated with the energy and exuberance of The Waterboys.

The project has long been a passion for Waterboys vocalist Mike Scott, who first delivered a new dimension to Yeats’ poetry in 1988, when he wrote a musical accompaniment for the classic poem The Stolen Child, during the making of the Waterboys seminal album ‘Fisherman’s Blues’. Five years later he set another Yeats poem to music, Love and Death, which appeared on their ‘Dream Harder’ album.
Over the years, Scott has been quietly crafting a wealth of material similarly based on the writings of Yeats. A number of these were performed by him at the Abbey Theatre during the Yeats International Festival in 1991, but most have remained in Scott’s private songbook awaiting the right vehicle. An Appointment with Mr. Yeats is that long-awaited context.

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