Here’s a selection of our new releases for this coming week including Megson, Pete Molinari and more. But to start us off check out the story behind the new album from Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel.
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Better known as ‘Mr. R&B’, Jerry Wexler was a great fan of the original Western Swing bands like Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Cliff Bruner – all first introduced to him while he was studying journalism in Kansas City. Willie Nelson also had grown up on Western Swing and it has always figured heavily into his approach to music. Finally Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel (hailed as the modern kings of Western Swing) were added, resulting in a sublime album, surefooted in its mastery but still as playful and daring as the originals. Such a fitting collaboration certainly begs the question as to why this hasn’t happened already.
According to Ray, they asked, “Jerry Wexler thinks now’s the time to do the western swing CD. You’ve got the LPs don’t you? It took me a second to realize what they were talking about and once I put two and two together I answered ‘Yes of course!’ I went to the shelf and pulled out the LP’s. Sure enough there were the penned-in ‘WN’s’ by certain songs and so I went to work.”
Double BBC Folk Award nominees and heavy touring folk-duo Megson present The Longshot, produced by Debbie Hanna and much sought after producer Stu Hanna. ’The Longshot’ is themed around work and many of the selected songs originate from the couple’s native North-East of England. They bring to each of them a unique singing and instrumental approach that is fresh and vibrant. Their music chronicles an industrial world much of which may be a fading memory in the UK but is a very present reality in China and India.
A Train Bound For Glory
‘A Train Bound For Glory’ is Pete Molinari’s the follow up to 2008’s ‘A Virtual Landslide’, which received widespread acclaim for evoking Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie in the quality of its songwriting and Roy Orbison, Billie Holiday and Patsy Cline in its creator’s voice….despite hailing from Chatham in Kent. The release of the album led to several Radio 2 sessions (Radcliffe & Maconie, Bob Harris, Mark Lamaar, etc) plus much wider radio coverage.
Little Axe – Bought For A Dollar, Sold For A Dime
Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald, the legendary blues guitarist, might not have sold his soul at the crossroads, but he’s looked both ways – down the road of the old blues, up the highway of the future – before proceeding. After a series of studio-based albums, Little Axe have returned to their roots on Bought For a Dollar, Sold For a Dime. For the first time in seventeen years the original crew came together in the Big Room at Real World for this rare and privileged session.
Conjuring up wickedly rich vintage sambas on this fifth recording for Far Out The Ipanemas have rarely sounded better. Brazil’s greatest Afro-bossa band combines three generations of Rio de Janeiro musicians to evoke a nostalgic and raw tribute to their diverse musical city. Five decades after Brazilian music was transformed with cult debut ‘Os Ipanemas’ Das Neves and the Ipanemas return to honour the memory of genius guitarist Neco in the only way they know how – playing samba from the heart.
Since his death at the age of 52 in 1997, the reputation and popularity of Townes Van Zandt has grown greater by the day. He left behind a musical legacy of beautifully crafted songs and a legion of ever growing grateful admirers. This deluxe 4-CD compact box set features all Van Zandt’s studio recordings released by the Poppy and Tomato labels during his most creative period, including the classic tracks ‘Pancho and Lefty’, ‘If I Needed You’ and the 1973 live set ‘Live At The Old Quarter’.