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Showing posts with label Jeff Tweedy. Show all posts
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

RICHARD THOMPSON announces new album 'STILL' produced by JEFF TWEEDY

RICHARD THOMPSON announces new album 'STILL'
Produced by JEFF TWEEDY
Released June 29, 2015 on Proper Records

“Richard Thompson is the kind of guitar player other guitar players revere. It’s not just his technique, nor the fact that he’s equally at home with an electric or an acoustic guitar. He’s also a songwriter of uncommon skill.” NPR

"Richard's been one of my favorite guitar players for a very long time. When I think about it, he's also one of my favorite songwriters and favorite singers. He's the Ultimate Triple Threat. Getting to work closely with him on this record was a truly rewarding experience, not to mention a great thrill. And he keeps alive my streak of working exclusively with artists who make me look good as a producer." - Jeff Tweedy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 28th, 2015 – The renowned guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson will release Still, an album of new music produced by Jeff Tweedy, on June 29, 2015 via Proper Records.

Still will be available in several configurations including a twelve-track CD, a twelve-track double 180-gram vinyl album and a deluxe CD package that includes a five-song EP from a previously un-released session.

Still was recorded in a two-story rehearsal loft in Chicago over the course of just nine days with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy at the helm, backed by several longtime players from both Thompson’s and Tweedy’s bands. Thompson enlisted Tweedy’s production skills in an effort to shake up his own creative approach to making records. “It turned out be really good idea,” says Thompson. “Jeff is musically very sympathetic. Although some of his contributions are probably rather subtle to the listener’s ear, they were really interesting and his suggestions were always very pertinent.”

“I really tried to not have any preconceived ideas,” Thompson says of working with Tweedy, “but of course you do. I tried to shove those to the back of my mind. You don’t really know until you turn up — what the studio is like, what the gear is like. It ended up being a nice unfolding of surprises.”

The key to Still’s emotional resonance is a set of gripping new Thompson compositions rich with his signature mix of trenchant insight, gallows humor, and keen empathy for characters at the brink of being overcome by their emotions, their pasts, or themselves.

A recipient of BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Mojo’s Les Paul Award, Richard Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Year Honours List. The Americana Music Association also recently honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others have recorded Thompson’s songs.

Taken as a whole, Still is a powerful dispatch from an acknowledged master who remains unafraid to put himself into demanding new environments – its title reflecting that resilience and seemingly endless resourcefulness. “Or,” Thompson adds slyly, “it could be read as ‘Is he still performing? I thought he died years ago.”

Pre-order 'Still' here:



1) She Never Could Resist A Winding Road
2) Beatnik Walking
3) Patty Don’t You Put Me Down
4) Broken Doll
5) All Buttoned Up
6) Josephine
7) Long John Silver
8) Pony In The Stable
9) Where’s Your Heart
10) No Peace No End
11) Dungeons For Eyes
12) Guitar Heroes


Fri 28 Aug  Wareham, Dorset Purbeck Valley Folk Festival (solo)

Sun 30 Aug Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Folk Festival
Tue 01 Sep  Dublin Vicar Street
Wed 02 Sep  Perth Perth Concert Hall
Thu 03 Sep  Aberdeen Aberdeen Music Hall
Sat 05 Sep  Edinburgh Queens Hall
Sun 06 Sep  Gateshead Sage
Tue 08 Sep  Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wed 09 Sep  Salford Lowry
Thu 10 Sep  Sheffield City Hall
Sat 12 Sep  Nottingham Royal Centre
Sun 13 Sep  Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tue 15 Sep  Cardiff St. David's Hall
Wed 16 Sep  Bristol Colston Hall
Fri 18 Sep  Ipswich Regent Theatre
Sat 19 Sep  Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sun 20 Sep  London Royal Festival Hall


Friday, October 4, 2013

The Bottle Rockets Announce Deluxe Reissue Package, Released Nov. 19

The Bottle Rockets Announce Reissue Package

Remastered Reissues of Out-of-Print First Two Albums Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side released on November 19 launches exclusive premiere of bonus track “Indianapolis” (1991 Acoustic Demo with Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar)


“Before the Drive-By Truckers got in gear, when Ryan Adams was still settling in Whiskeytown, the Bottle Rockets were setting off musical M-80s as perhaps the most underappreciated roots-rock/Americana band of the mid-‘90s.” –


The Bottle Rockets ( are reissuing their long out-of-print, first two albums Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side on November 19 via Bloodshot Records (pre-order is available here). This is the 20th anniversary of the 1993 release of the band’s debut, self-titled album. announced the deluxe package’s release date and are currently premiering an exclusive track from the album, a bonus cut of “Indianapolis”, recorded in 1991 with Brian Henneman on guitar and vocals, backed by Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy (now of Wilco) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt). The song is one of four such demo takes on the reissues package, and was part of the recording that originally got The Bottle Rockets signed to their first record label (ESD) in the early 1990s.

Listen to “Indianapolis” (1991 demo with Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar):

When The Bottle Rockets hit the scene in the mid ‘90s, the world wasn't quite sure what to do with them. With their punk-rock pedigrees and arena-rock energy, their tougher-than-Springsteen storytelling and their romantic hearts sewn bare on their denim sleeves, the pride of Festus, MO confounded musical generalities as they laid waste to clubs across the Midwest and then, soon enough, the nation. Their signature sound paved the way for bands melding classic-rock muscle and roots aestheticism like My Morning Jacket, Avett Brothers, Drive-By Truckers, and many others.
Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side are collected here as a remastered two-CD deluxe reissue set of the long out-of-print albums, with an additional 19 previously unreleased tracks. The package consists of an extensive 40-page booklet detailing the band in full context of the ‘90s alt- scene, with editorial contributions from respected peers and fellow musicians such as Steve Earle, Patterson Hood, Lucinda Williams, and many others. Both reissued albums and bonus material have been meticulously remastered under the supervision of famed producer and musician Eric "Roscoe" Ambel.

The Bottle Rockets’ first and second albums, Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side, are widely revered as not only two of the band’s finest releases, but also two formative, flagship recordings in the early era of a now-broadly recognized genre. The band was unceremoniously birthed in 1992 and they very quickly became a forebearer for the new style alongside Uncle Tupelo, Old 97’s, and Whiskeytown.

The Bottle Rockets have just recently announced several tour dates surrounding the reissue release date:

December 7 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO +
December 13 – The Hideout – Chicago, IL +
January 23 – Narrows Center for the Arts Presents – Fall River, MA *
January 24 – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT *
January 25 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA *
January 26 – Tupelo Music Hall – Londonderry, NH *
January 30 – Boulton Center for the Performing Arts – Bay Shore, NY *
January 31 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA *
February 1 – The Newton Theatre – Newton, NJ *
February 2 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA *
February 4 – Ashland Coffee and Tea – Ashland, VA *

+ with Otis Gibbs
* with Marshall Crenshaw

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

You Are Not Alone - Mavis Staples + Jeff Tweedy

Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer and civil rights activist who recorded with The Staple Singers, her family's band.

On February 13, 2011, Mavis Staples won her first Grammy award in the category for Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone. In her acceptance speech, a shocked and crying Staples said "This has been a long time coming."

On May 7th, 2011, Mavis was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jeffrey Scot "Jeff" Tweedy (born August 25, 1967 in Belleville, Illinois, United States) is an American songwriter, musician and leader of the band Wilco. Tweedy joined rockabilly band The Plebes with high school friend Jay Farrar in the early 1980s, but Tweedy's musical interests caused one of Farrar's brothers to quit. The Plebes changed their name to The Primitives in 1984, and subsequently to Uncle Tupelo. Uncle Tupelo garnered enough support to earn a record deal and to tour nationally. After releasing four albums, the band broke up in 1994 because of conflicts between Tweedy and Farrar.

In 1994, Tweedy formed Wilco with John Stirratt, Max Johnston, and Ken Coomer. Wilco has released eight albums and found commercial success with their albums Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, A Ghost Is Born, Sky Blue Sky and Wilco (The Album). The band also released two collaboration albums with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5. Jeff Tweedy has been the recipient of two Grammy Awards, including Best Alternative Album for A Ghost Is Born. Tweedy has also participated in a number of side groups including Golden Smog and Loose Fur, published a book of poems, and released a DVD of solo performances. He was originally influenced by punk and country music, but has later reflected more experimental themes in his music.