Sound & Color – the follow-up to Alabama Shakes‘ Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls - demonstrates the tremendous strides made by the band. From the gently swaying, chiming title song to the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini,” Alabama Shakes build on the soulful blues-rock base and map a surprising, innovative new direction. See the Shakes live when they come up to Canada headlining Toronto’s Field Trip festival and hit the west coast for Squamish Valley Music Festival. San Fermin bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone wrote Jackrabbit by himself from start to finish, only to find that after a year testing the songs on the road the album wasn’t nearly finished. Ellis explains, “I went from being this isolated composer guy, out in the woods, to sitting in the back of a van with seven other members playing shows in rock clubs every night. When I got back, I revisited it all, ripped these holes in the middle of all the existing songs and added some new songs. I rethought everything I had been writing.” Watch the full band performing “Emily” and the “title track” live via their YouTube.
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Pre-Order ‘Sound & Color’ Via iTunes HERE
Alabama Shakes will kick off the second leg of their North American tour on May 28 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO. The run will include shows at Hall’s Island in Minneapolis, MN (May 30) and Toronto’s Field Trip Music & Art Festival (June 6). Opening acts will include Father John Misty, Strand of Oaks, and Courtney Barnett.
The GRAMMY®-nominated band will perform on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday, March 9, and play a sold-out, two-night stand at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on March 11 and 12. They gave their new single, “Don’t Wanna Fight,” its network television premiere on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend. They also performed ”Gimme All Your Love,” another track from the band’s new album’Sound & Color’ which ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings will release on April 21.
New Releases – Brandi Carlile ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’, ‘Thomas D’Arcy ‘Fooled You Twice’ & Gill Landry ‘Gill Landry’
Brandi Carlile is making her MMR & ATO debut with The Firewatcher’s Daughter her first album since 2012′s Billboard Top 10 hit Bear Creek. Get an insider look at what inspired the songs and stories of the record with her curated Spotify playlist. Watch Brandi and her songwriting partners Tim and Phil Hanseroth (the twins) in the understated performance video for ‘The Eye’. Acclaimed songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and one seventh of Old Crow Medicine Show, Gill Landry has released his self-titled solo record. Recorded in what he calls, “a ramshackle, shanty-ass apartment on the south side of Nashville.” the album featuring contributions from songstress Laura Marling, guitarist Robert Ellis, trumpeter Nick Etwell of Mumford & Sons and Odessa Jorgensen who lends harmonies and fiddle to a number of tunes.
Pre-Order ‘Sound & Color’ Via iTunes HERE
Sound & Color – the follow-up to Alabama Shakes‘ Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned the group three GRAMMY® nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist – will be released on April 21 by ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings.
Sound & Color demonstrates the tremendous strides made by Alabama Shakes since the release of 2012′s Boys & Girls. From the gently swaying, chiming title song to the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini,” Alabama Shakes build on the soulful blues-rock base and map a surprising, innovative new direction.
“We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” says lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard. “We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us. This record is full of genre-bending songs.”
Sound & Color was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium studio. The band co-produced the album with Blake Mills - a young guitar wizard who has helmed sessions by Sara Watkins and Sky Ferreira, and played alongside everyone from Norah Jones and The Dixie Chicks to Lana Del Ray and Kid Rock.
Two Gallants’ Adam Stephens (guitar, harmonica, keyboard and vocals) and Tyson Vogel (drums, guitar and vocals) spent one month recording their 5th album ‘We Are Undone’ with Karl Derfler (Tom Waits) at Panoramic House in Northern California. The duo is set to play four Canadian dates this April, full tour dates and tickets can be found here. ‘Afraid of Ghosts’ the latest release from Georgia native Butch Walker comes four years after his last album ‘Spade’. Watch the video for his latest single ‘Bed On Fire’ here.
SELF-TITLED RECORD DUE MARCH 3
PREVIEW NEW SINGLE “JUST LIKE YOU” VIA ROLLING STONE COUNTRY HERE
The new self-titled record from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Gill Landry will be released March 3 on MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records. Landry’s illustrious career as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriting member of the Grammy-Award winning band Old Crow Medicine Show includes a recent induction into the Grand Ole Opry, performances on “A Prairie Home Companion” & “Austin City Limits,” and world tours with featured stops at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Newport Folk Festival.
The 10-track album was fully produced and mostly engineered by Landry and recorded in what he calls, “a ramshackle, shanty-ass apartment on the south side of Nashville.” Contributors include various friends and musicians Landry gathered on his non-stop travels alone and with Old Crow including songstress Laura Marling who duets on “Take This Body,” singer-songwriter and guitarist Robert Ellis, trumpeter Nick Etwell of Mumford & Sons and Odessa Jorgensen who lends harmonies and fiddle to a number of tunes. Continue reading…
As 2014 winds down, ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings is proud to offer you this sampler featuring tracks from ATO’s many critically acclaimed releases this year, including Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut and Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Small Town Heroes.
The sampler also includes previews from albums by Brandi Carlile and Two Gallants, which will help get the new year off to an exciting start.
Please enjoy this wonderful collection of songs. Everyone at ATO Records wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!
1. Brandi Carlile — The Eye
2. Benjamin Booker — Wicked Waters
3. Fly Golden Eagle — Horse’s Mouth
4. Mariachi El Bronx — Wildfires
5. J Roddy Walston and the Business — Sweat Shock
6. Hurray For The Riff Raff — The Body Electric
7. Two Gallants — We Are Undone
8. Stars — No One Is Lost
9. SOJA — Easier (f. Anuhea & J Boog)
10. Old Crow Medicine Show — Firewater
11. Rodrigo y Gabriela — Torito
12. Jessica Lea Mayfield — Standing In The Sun
13. The Belle Brigade — Metropolis
“Some of [the songs] rattle the floorboards; others are quieter, offering beautiful harmonies or rich storytelling. But no matter what they sound like, the songs on this release feel like rock and roll.” – Ann Powers, NPR Music
Watch/Listen to ‘The Eye’ HERE
Brandi Carlile will make her independent label debut on ATO/MapleMusic March 3, 2015 with the release of ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter.’ The 12-song album explodes with energy, urgency and pristine harmonies and represents the start of a fresh chapter for Carlile and her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth, also known as “The Twins.”
‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ was recorded almost entirely as first takes without any demoing and little rehearsal before gathering at Bear Creek Studio in Washington State.
The result is immediate and electrifying. ‘The Eye,’ a song influenced by Crosby, Stills and Nash, is so intimate and hushed you can hear the quiver of Brandi’s voice in a flawless 3-part harmony. Lead-off track and first single ‘Wherever Is Your Heart’ captures a fiery intensity.
Stream the title track and watch the lyric video on Noisey HERE
Two Gallants‘ forthcoming fifth album, ‘We Are Undone,’ will be available worldwide February 3 on ATO Records/MapleMusic Recordings. The title track is available as a free instant download with LP/CD album pre-orders at www.twogallants.com and iTunes.
The new LP is their second full-length release on ATO/MMR following 2012′s ‘The Bloom and The Blight.’ Two Gallants will be playing select shows at intimate venues in New York and San Francisco in February with a full European tour to follow. Additional U.S. tour dates in April to be announced soon.
Drive-By Truckers have released the Black Ice Vérité deluxe edition accompaniment to their most acclaimed album in years English Oceans. Featuring an additional 8 tracks with a trio of acoustic recordings from their Bannaroo performance along with new, old, and recreated tracks from this years HeAthens Homecoming Weekend at the 40 Watt Club in the band’s hometown of Athens, GA. The DVD contains footage from their 40 Watt Club performance. Vinyl copies of Black Ice Vérité are pressed on white vinyl and packaged with new artwork, seen below.
New Orleans rocker plays Lee’s Palace in Toronto March 31 and Corona Theatre in Montreal April 1
“A flashback to the days when wild-eyed young guitar-slingers made the most dangerous dance music around.” – Rolling Stone
Following his first ever headline tour, Benjamin Booker has confirmed a run of North American dates this Spring, playing even larger venues. The tour stops in Toronto March 31 at Lee’s Palace and in Montreal on April 1 at the Corona Theatre. Full dates are below, and all will go on sale Friday Nov 14.
Benjamin Booker 2015 Tour Dates
03/26 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
03/27 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
03/28 – Metro – Chicago, IL
03/30 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
03/31 – Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON
04/01 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
04/03 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, NY
On the third self-titled album from LA hardcore outfit The Bronx‘s alter ego Mariachi el Bronx the band ditched the rulebook and dusted off old sequencers, synths and an ARP. The 10 striking songs – featuring singles ‘New Beat’ and ‘Wildfires’ - that resulted fuse traditional melodies with modern ambience. Watch the day-glo-orange coloured vinyl of (III) getting pressed to match the psychedelic cover art here.