We’re havin’ a damn fine week here at Sin City HQ in Austin, TX!
Spring is in the air, our windows are open and the stereo is workin’ overtime with THREE great records that hit stores this week...LOVE IT!
Allison Moorer is our Artist of The Month
We’re over the moon about her new album “Mockingbird” which was produced by the incomparable Buddy Miller and is available in stores this week! The record is a stunning collection of songs written by some of the great female songwriters of our time. She covers the landscape from Jessi Colter to Patti Smith with passion and grace but with a soulful voice that is uniquely her own.
I’m particularly fond of “ I’m Looking For Blue Eyes” (Jessi Colter), “Revelator” (Gillian Welch & David Rawlings) “Orphan Train” (Julie Miller) “Dancing Barefoot” (Patti Smith) and “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl” (Nina Simone) - which we have a FREE DOWNLOAD for you courtesy of New Line Records on our website! The entire album is beautiful and I find myself discovering more with each listen.
To get your FREE DOWNLOAD of her take on Nina Simone’s “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl” please visit us at www.sincitysocialclub.com
She’s hitting the road with hubby Steve Earle and you can find their tour dates listed on our site as well! There is rumor of a private & intimate performance coming soon and well try to get our hands on some tickets...when we have a confirmation and more details we’ll be sure to let you know. Stay Tuned...
Founding member of The Jayhawks, Gary Louris’s first solo album VAGABONDS also hit this week. Inspired by the California Country sounds of years past this record is contemporary, warm and delicious!
A little info. we pulled from Gary’s website www.garylourismusic.com
“The sense of spiritual striving is manifested not just in the lyrics but in the ensemble vocals of what was semi-whimsically dubbed the Laurel Canyon Family Choir, which includes the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs, Jenny Louis of Rilo Kiley, the Chapin Sisters and Black Crowes’ frontman Chris Robinson. A longtime Louris supporter, Robinson produced the album with noted engineer Thom Monahan, whose resume includes recent releases by Devendra Banhart and Matt Pond PA.”
Vagabonds was recorded at Hollywood’s Sage and Sound Recording with an ensemble that includes bassist/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Wilson, drummer and Vetiver member Otto Hauser, pedal steel player Josh Grange and keyboardist Adam MacDougal. The album's effortlessly soulful performances are the product of Louris' rapport with this close-knit group of Los Angeles-based musicians. Louris and his fellow players cut the album's tracks in loose, organic fashion, emphasizing inspiration and spontaneity over formality.
** Contest Alert **
We got our grubby lil hands on 5 copies of the VINYL so I wanted to share them with you! Reply back to me with “I LOVE ME SOME GARY LOURIS” in the subject line and your response to the following...
Gary Louris began his recording career with the fabled Minneapolis indie combo “__________” before co-founding the Jayhawks. BE One of the FIRST 5 people to tell me the name of that project and we’ll send you a copy of VAGABONDS on VINYL! TIE BREAKER include the name of the venue where Gary will be performing on March 21st and it could increase your chance of winning!
Please be sure to include your name and physical mailing address with your contest entry or else we won’t be able to send you your prize... Duh.
The rest of you need to go out and buy this record from your favorite indie retailer! (I say that only because I truly believe in the importance of our indie retailers and the importance of supporting what they bring to our communities!)
Killing me with his songs...Our buddy Jim is at it again!
Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players Honey SongsThe second in a string of rapid-fire releases from Nashville songwriting guru Jim Lauderdale, Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players' Honey Songs is a gathering of mythical music proportions. For Honey Songs, Lauderdale pulled together big name friends and session royalty for this album full of rambling, soon-to-be country classics.
Legendary Elvis Presley guitarist James Burton is featured on lead guitar along with Springsteen's E Street Band bassist, Gary Tallent. Flying Burrito Brother Al Perkins lays down timeless pedal and lap steel alongside the piano of superstar sideman Glen D. Hardin (Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin). Holding down the backbeat for the Dream Players, drummer Ron Tutt has to be the only man (besides James Burton) with the distinction of playing with both Elvises - Presley and Costello.
The big names don't end with the instruments, backing vocalists include Emmylou Harris ("I'm Almost Back"), Patty Loveless ("Hittin' It Hard"), Buddy Miller and Kelly Hogan. Honey Suckle Honey Pie is a booty-shakin’ barn burner - check it out!
**Jim Lauderdale on Conan O’Brien – if you missed his performance w/ James Burton & Al Perkins of the booty shakin’, barn burnin’ “ Honey Suckle Honey Pie” earlier this week then you can check it out on YouTube Here’s the link: http://youtube.com/watch?v=KyKEU-2m3Kg
LAST but not least...The BIG NEWS from SIN CITY HQ if you’re gonna be in Austin during the big spring music festival then be sure to come by and visit us for the
6th Annual Sin City Social Club Spring Fiesta!
FRIDAY MARCH 14th
Maria’s Taco Xpress
2529 S. Lamar
12:30 pm – 9 pm
FREE and OPEN to the public
Artists confirmed to perform include:
Dead Rock West
The Mother Truckers
Band Of Heathens
The Truckee Brothers
Patty Hurst Shifter
Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles
Heybale! W. Redd Volkhart & Earl Poole Ball
Visit www.sincitysocialclub.com for times etc.
Stay tuned for more details!
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The Sin City Social Club is a renegade collective of musicians, fans, artists and industry executives brought together by shared appreciation of the art and culture that blur the lines between classic, outlaw & alt. country, punk rock, americana and indie singer songwriters. We turn fans around the globe onto the music and art we love thru our Sin City Social Club Cd Samplers, live events, In flight audio programming and thru our home away from home on the internet. ** Wherever you are, Sin City is a state of mind! **