Allison Moorer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Be sure to catch Allison Moorer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno TONIGHT. Allison will be performing a special version of "The Broken Girl" from her album, Crows.


Allison Moorer's Crows Acoustic EP Released Digitally Today!

Allison Moorer's new digital EP, Crows Acoustic, is available to download from Amazon and iTunes today. The six-track EP features stripped down versions of songs from Allison's critically aclaimed album, Crows, which was released in February.


Be on TV with Will Hoge

There are a few tickets left for Will Hoge's Bluegrass Underground show this Sunday. It's a great lineup that includes Will and the band plus Monte Montgomery, Justin Townes Earle and Daryl Scott. It will air on PBS later in the fall. Don't miss this great show in a truly one of a kind environment. Click here to purchase tickets.

Also, don't miss Will on tour this June. St. Louis, Detroit, Louisville and MORE are among the new June dates that will pair Will and the guys with fellow Nashvillians, American Bang, and Baltimore's J Roddy Walston and The Business. Check out Will's tour dates page for more details.


Donate To Music City Keep On Playin'

Will Hoge will be one of many big stars to play Music City Keep on Playin’ – A Benefit for Flood Relief , the first nationally televised telethon – and live concert -  for Nashville flood aid. Other performers include Gospel great CeCe Winans, country star Kellie Pickler, platinum-selling Christian artist Jaci Velasquez, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Rodney Atkins, Keith Urban, Martina McBride and Keb Mo.  The Sunday, May 16, 8:00 -10:00 p.m./Eastern event takes place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and will be broadcast live and commercial-free on Great American Country Television (GAC).

Click here to donate to the cause .  All money raised will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the organization processing and distributing the donations to middle Tennesseans in need. 


Mark Olson Is Performing At NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall With Special Guest Jolie Holland

Mark Olson will be performing songs from his upcoming Ryko debut "Many Colored Kite" at the Rockwood Music Hall June 15th.  As a founding member and principal singer/songwriter of The Jayhawks, Mark Olson has spent a decade at the front of the alt-country movement and boasts a rich catalog spanning 25 years.

Mark will be performing with special guest Jolie Holland , featured on the album's opening track, "Little Bird of Freedom". Jolie Holland is an accomplished musician of her own, she's one of the founding members of the Canadian traditional music group The Be Good Tanyas.  

Mark's upcoming album, "Many Colored Kite", is out July 27th. Tickets to the show are available here .


Justin Currie Featured In the NY Daily News and Popdose

The NY Daily News gave Justin Currie's new album an excellent four out of five stars and Popdose is currently featuring Justin on their front page

The NY Daily News gave Justin's album an especially favorable review. They specifically praised the dark nature of "You'll Always Walk Alone", calling it "one of the most stirring songs in music history".

Popdose talked to Justin about the meaning behind the new album title, "The Great War",  and the many possible interpretations.  "I want there to be as many interpretations as possible and it is such an enormous phrase that the possibilities are endless. There’s a song on there, “The Fight To Be Human” which probably gets closest to nailing my take on it", said Justin.  

Justin's New Album, "The Great War" is available on iTunes and Amazon


Sam and Ruby Are Playing at the Premier of Westbound: A Documentary

Sam and Ruby are performing at the premiere of Westbound: A Documentary. The film, directed by Jim Rivett, is "an iconic American tale if 96-year-old Adolph Vandertie -- Grand Duke of the Hobos".The documentary was an Official Selection of the Nashville Film Festival.

Sam and Ruby are currently on tour and their new digital EP, "Press On" is available on iTunes and Amazon.They will be performing with Michael Bolton at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, August 26th.  

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 2010
16 - Los Angeles, CA - Premiere of Westbound & Performance at the Downtown Independent
21 - DePere, WI - Walter Theater, St. Norbet College
22 - East Lansing, MI - East Lansing - Art Festival
26 - Brentwood, TN - Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary
3 - New Orleans, LA -  The Superdome
20 - DePere WI - St. Norbet College
21 - Greenbay, WI - A'Bravo
31 - Truckee, California - Martis Camp
26 - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon w/ Michael Bolton
27 - Rock Hill, SC - Winthorp University
10 - Green Bay, WI - Meyer Theater
12 - Valparaiso, IN - Memorial Opera House


Will Hoge Posts New Blog & Adds Dates

Will Hoge recently wrapped up a tour with NeedtoBreathe and is heading back onto the road for the spring and summer. Click here to read Will's latest blog post about everything from tour life to the recent Nashville flooding. Will, along with many other bands, will be playing at the Music City Keeps On Playin’ charity concert to raise money for those hit by the disaster.

Will is currently on tour and will be opening for Sugarland & Michelle Branch on select dates, June 8-10.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
12 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
13 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird NIghtclub
14 - Evanston, IL - SPACE
15 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theater
16 - Nashville, TN - Music City Keeps On Playin’, Ryman Auditorium
28 - Memphis, TN - Levitt Shell
5 - Austin, TX - Nutty Brown Cafe
6 - Hidalgo, TX - State Farm Arena
8 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater w/ Sugarland and Michelle Branch
9 - Murphys, CA - Ironstone Vineyards w/ Sugarland & Michelle Branch
10 -Stateline, NV - Harbey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena w/ Sugarland & Michelle Branch
17 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Ampitheater


Justin Currie Featured on the Front Page of Live Daily

Major music website Live Daily is currently featuring Justin Currie . Click here to read Justin’s conversation with Live Daily about his new album, The Great War, set lists for his upcoming North American shows, and more.

The set list for the upcoming shows will be split between Currie's solo works and the songs he penned for Del Amitri. "I always play quite a lot of Del Amitri songs," Currie said. "I switch them about. So on this tour, I'm going to play three things I've never played before with a solo band. It's about 50-50, I'd say."

Upcoming Justin Currie Tour Dates:
June 2010
10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
12 - Denver, CO - Toad Tavern
13 - San Francisco, CA - Café du Nord
15 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
17 - New York City, NY - Joe's Pub
18 - Boston, MA - Paradise
19 - Philadelphia, PA - Tin Angel

The Great War was released this week and is available everywhere. Visit Live Daily to buy tickets to an upcoming show today!


Megan McCormick's Ryko Debut Honest Words Out August 17th

Many 23-year-olds have a wealth of both uplifting and disheartening experiences that seem to belie their age, but few are able to transcend their unpredictable emotional landscape and coalesce these experiences into twelve tracks of raw, heavy, beautiful rock & roll.  Nashville-based Megan McCormick has done exactly that on her debut album, Honest Words, out August 17 on Ryko

Love, desire, addiction and relationships figure prominently in the album, and the prodigious songwriting talent and instrumental mastery of this gifted singer, songwriter and guitarist shine on the record.
“Addiction” blasts out of the gate with a muscular guitar riff before opening up to a rumbling, anthemic chorus where McCormick declares “I’m coming back.”  “Do Right” is jangly pop with an uber-catchy chorus, where McCormick confesses “I can’t remember what I came to forget, so I must be doing something right.”  “Wreck” is a tender rumination on coming to grips with and embracing one’s faults and limitations, with mournful pedal steel adding graceful texture.  “Shiver” is a lusty track with a huge chorus, with McCormick detailing a night with a lover.

McCormick’s guitar skill is evident throughout the album, whether on the raging outro solo at the end of “Drifting” or the elegant chords and phrasing on “Lonely Tonight.”  She also plays lap-steel, mandolin and bass. Honest Words was produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Dave O’Donnell (John Mayer, Joss Stone, James Taylor).
Stay tuned for Honest Words, out this summer on August 17th.


Allison Moorer To Release Crows Acoustic on May 25th + Upcoming Tour Dates

We are pleased to announce Allison Moorer will release a Crows Acoustic EP digitally on May 25th.  The new release features six solo and acoustic versions from her critically acclaimed Ryko debut, Crows.

The 13-track Crows is a refined and lyrically honest collection of songs that is a marked stylistic departure from her previous work.  The New York Post stated that “Allison Moorer is chillingly brilliant” while the Boston Globe called Crows “a striking album.”  Billboard said that the album featured “…some of the best singing of her career” and the record received 3 stars out of 4 from the Los Angeles Times, 3 stars out of 4 from People magazine and further acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin, Oprah Magazine, The New Yorker, Mojo and many more. 

The Crows Acoustic EP was produced by Jason Finkel at Pyramid Recording in New York City and will be released in the weeks leading up to her first tour dates in support of the Crows album.  
When speaking about the Crows Acoustic EP, Allison Moorer stated, "I always like to give people an opportunity to hear a song in the form it was born in. And sometimes with a twist. That's what this recording is about."
Crows Acoustic
Track Listing

1. When You Wake Up Feeling Bad
2. Sorrow (Don’t Come Around)
3. Easy In The Summertime
4. Should I Be Concerned
5. Crows
6. The Broken Girl
Summer ‘10 Tour Dates (More to be announced)
June 3rd - Alexandria, VA The Birchmere w/ Jay Farrar
June 6th - Hunter, NY Mountain Jam
June 9th - Burlington, VT Flynn Center for Performing Arts - eTown Live Radio Show Taping
June 11th - Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
July 8th - New York, NY City Winery w/ Steve Earle and Friends
June 14th - Annapolis, MD Rams Head
July 14th - New York, NY Lincoln Center w/ Blind Boys of Alabama
July 15th - New York, NY City Winery w/ Steve Earle and Friends
July 29th - New York, NY City Winery w/ Steve Earle and Friends
August 5th - New York, NY City Winery w/ Steve Earle and Friends


Ryko Welcomes Mark Olson To Our Artist Roster

Mark Olson , founder of legendary Americana band The Jayhawks and a critically acclaimed artist whose influential catalog spans 25 years, will be releasing his new full-length, Many Colored Kite, on Ryko on July 27, 2010

Many Colored Kite is the follow-up to his 2007 personal milestone Salvation Blues, a soul-searching album of loss and change that further cemented Olson’s reputation as one of the true heroes of the folk/roots scene. The album was a New York Times Critics pick and received rave reviews for its autobiographical, often painful songs.

It’s a hopeful Olson that greets the listener on Many Colored Kite, with its earthy, neo-folk feel that encompasses classic and ‘60s British folk as well as the “desert country” he’s been associated with in the past.  Produced and engineered by Beau Raymond (Devendra Banhart, Little Joy, Mark Olson and Gary Louris) and featuring the core group of Olson, Neal Casal and Danny Frankel, this is a wide-eyed, uplifting album with soaring, ethereal harmonies contributed by his girlfriend and musical partner, Ingunn Ringvold. 

The opening track, “Little Bird of Freedom” (with backing vocals by Jolie Holland), sets the tone of the album:  these are songs by a man who’s made it through the eye of the tempest and is looking at the world as if he’s seeing it for the first time.  Elsewhere Many Colored Kite’s airy, uncluttered songs celebrate life and nature (“Wind and Rain, “Morning Dove”) and love (“Blue Bell” and “No Time to Live Without Her,” featuring Vashti Bunyan).

Says Olson of his new label: "When I hung up the phone after I heard that Ryko wanted to put out my album I went out onto the porch and started a small dance that was interrupted by a large gem and mineral collection. I realized I didn`t really want to be building a geology museum anymore I wanted to start a band again. I threw the petrified wood and geodes off the porch and into the sand. I called Ingunn and said ‘You’re the band and now let's leave our jobs and be able to take the trains again and tour with this music.’"


The Great War Out Today & Streaming at MSN Music

Justin Currie's second solo record, The Great War is out today.

MSN Music is featuring a full album stream of The Great War all week long. Click here to preview the record in its entirety.

The NY Daily News gives The Great War 4 stars. Confirm the hype for yourself - The Great War is available on iTunes and Amazon.

If you order from Insound or Townsend Records (UK) every order will include a free tote bag and pin, while supplies last.