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Emmylou Harris Honored With Concert Event


The music of Emmylou Harris will be celebrated with a tribute concert in Washington on January 10.

Harris herself will perform, along with Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mavis Staples, Martina McBride, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Rodney Crowell, Iron and Wine, Shawn Colvin, and Joan Baez. The show will be recorded for later distribution.

Amos Lee to Release New Album Featuring Alison Krauss & Patty Griffin

Amos Lee

Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, Amos Lee’s fifth studio album, will be released on October 1 by Blue Note Records. Lee recorded the 12-song collection in Nashville with Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Eric Church, Cage the Elephant).

“I’ve always enjoyed it down there, so I thought I’d bring my band and see how a bunch of Philly guys fit in,” says Lee. “Jay brings a musicality, a different kind of ear. He definitely hears things in ways that I don’t, and brings out extra dimensions in the songs.”

Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song is the follow-up to 2011’s Mission Bell, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Rock Albums charts and contained the No. 1 Triple A radio hit “Windows Are Rolled Down.” The new studio record is the first to feature Lee’s longtime touring band – comprising Freddie Berman, Zach Djanikian, Andy Keenan and Jaron Olevsky – and the first album ever recorded at St. Charles, producer Joyce’s brand new studio, which is housed in a converted East Nashville church.

The convenient location allowed several remarkable guests to participate in the sessions. Alison Krauss joins Lee on “Chill In The Air” and Patty Griffin sings harmony on “Mountains of Sorrow,” a song inspired by Lee’s visit to Levon Helm’s barn in Woodstock, where he appeared at the legendary drummer’s Midnight Ramble not long before Helm’s death. Instrumentalists Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson and Family) and Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) also contribute to the record.

Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song finds Lee in new sonic territory, working with a broader palette of textures and instrumentation yet retaining the trenchant impact of the scenes, characters and stories that he is renowned for. The album arrives a full 10 years after he first signed with Blue Note Records and began a career that continues to grow and surprise.

The New York Times praised Lee’s “honeyed singing voice,” noting that 2011’s chart-topping Mission Bell “sharpens the payoff…it plants Mr. Lee and his tunes in a stark landscape, enveloped by rustling percussion and reverberant drones ” while MOJO said: “His lyrics sweat with detail and nervy experience.” “Mission Bell is a darker turn for Lee, and shows that his artistic arc is still peaking,” observed Associated Press.

Lee – who has toured with such artists as Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, Adele and Dave Matthews Band – will celebrate the release of Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song with an extensive fall headline tour. Details will be announced shortly.

Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song – Track Listing
1. Johnson Blvd
2. Stranger
3. Scamps
4. Chill In The Air
5. Dresser Drawer
6. Indonesia
7. High Water
8. The Man Who Wants You
9. Loretta
10. Plain View
11. Mountains of Sorrow
12. Burden

“Breaking the Myth: Waylon Jennings” with Dierks, Jamey and More!

Breaking the Myth: Waylon Jennings, premiering Saturday February 26, 9:00 p.m./Eastern on GAC, chronicles the making of The Music Inside, the recently released tribute album dedicated to Waylon Jennings. The album and TV special celebrates Waylon’s enduring musical and cultural legacy and chronicles his role in founding country music’s outlaw movement.

Album producer Witt Stewart first saw Jennings working as a DJ at a Lubbock, TX, radio station while on a school field trip. Decades later he’d gain the support of Jennings’ widow and son, Jessi Colter and Shooter Jennings, to create what would be a 3-CD series in tribute to the original outlaw.

Viewers of Breaking the Myth: Waylon Jennings get special studio access to see artists including Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams, Jr., Dierks Bentley, Alabama, John Hiatt, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Pat Green, Patti Griffin and Sunny Sweeney working on their tracks for the project. These same stars – several of whom knew him well – talk about Waylon the man and the influence he had on them musically while acknowledging the doors he broke down for artists who would come after him. And Waylon the husband and father are lovingly remembered by Jessi and Shooter who share personal memories throughout the special.

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Honoring Waylon – “The Music Inside, Vol. 1”

If you ask most Waylon Jennings fans, they’ll probably tell you that no one could ever do his songs justice. I know this because I’m one of those people; however, “The Music Inside, Vol. 1” (the first of three tribute albums due out this year honoring the outlaw pioneer) is a gem. It includes Waylon songs sung by Trace Adkins, James Otto, and Randy Houser among others.

The album’s leadoff single, Alabama’s take on “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” is a perfect introduction to what this album is all about — honoring the man without whom many current country stars wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing. It feels good to hear these voices back together again. Alabama’s still got it even after all these years. I smell a reunion tour in the works, people. Fingers crossed!

Waylon’s widow, Jessi Colter, teams up with up-and-comer Sunny Sweeney on “Good Hearted Woman,” one of my favorite Waylon songs. Their voices complement each other extremely well and I can’t imagine a more perfect match for this particular song.

Jamey Johnson lends a hand to the tribute with his rendition of “This Time.” Jamey has never been shy about his love for Waylon, so I knew this was going to be good. When you’re recording a song to honor your hero, you’re going to make sure it’s perfect — and it is. He oozes that same rebel spirit that Waylon always had.

Perhaps my favorite song on the record comes from Kris Kristofferson and Patty Griffin’s collaboration on “Rose in Paradise.” Kristofferson, a good friend of Waylon’s and a member of their infamous Highwaymen, absolutely nails it. And, well, everything Patty Griffin touches turns to gold. Need I say more?

Then there’s “Belle of the Ball” recorded by Waylon’s son, Shooter. For those of you not familiar with Shooter, you ought to check him out. You may remember him from the Johnny Cash bio-flick, Walk The Line, in which he played his dad. He is such a talent and a great reminder of the outlaw we all loved so much. Let me tell you something, Shooter — your daddy would be proud.

If you’re a Waylon Jennings fan, this album is a must-have. If you’re not into twang, this probably isn’t the record for you. This is a great introduction to younger country fans who didn’t really get to experience Waylon in his heyday. Maybe it will get people to put down the Miley Cyrus records (what is she doing in the country section of the CDs at Target, anyway?) and instead pick up some music from Cash, Kristofferson, and, of course, Mr. Waylon Jennings.

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Kristi O.
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