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Black Prairie Announces New Album, FORTUNE

 

Black Prairie Follows Breakout Year with Cinematic, Hard Edged

New Album Fortune

(April 22nd / Sugar Hill Records)

Black Prairie’s third full-length record Fortune will be released on April 22nd via Sugar Hill Records. The album proves the band has outgrown its roots as a casual side-project of indie folk band The Decemberists, solidifying into a primary, creative focus for its members—a band with its own internal momentum, genuine character and style.  “Making this record was the most collaborative and magical thing,” says founder Chris Funk.  “I’m excited to play these songs live.”

Black Prairie’s music has been described as “the musical spirit that emanated from Big Pink in the late ’60” (Washington Post) and somewhere “between John Ford and David Lynch, homespun tales with sinister sub-plots” (Uncut), but Fortune is an unexpected departure. This group of accomplished musicians from Portland, Oregon - each steeped in traditional American acoustic music - has written what is essentially a rock record, and sometimes with a pretty hard edge.  (The band sometimes performs around Portland as their ‘electric’ alter ego ‘White Tundra,’ complete with an 8-foot, handmade robotic Yeti --  it stood in the studio inspiring the band as they recorded this set of songs.)

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DON WILLIAMS TO RELEASE REFLECTIONS

COUNTRY LEGEND DON WILLIAMS TO RELEASE REFLECTIONS

ON SUGAR HILL RECORDS ON MARCH 11TH 

Country Music Hall of Famer Readies Anticipated Follow-Up To And So It Goes 

Don Williams - ReflectionsNashville, Tenn. (January 10, 2014) – The iconic “Gentle Giant,” country music’s Don Williams, is set to debut his new, 10-track studio album, Reflections, on March 11 via Sugar Hill Records. Williams, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, dominated for decades as a country hit maker and earned the name “the Gentle Giant” because of his unique blend of commanding presence and that laid-back, easy style—cutting across national and genre boundaries. Those personal and musical qualities that stood out strongly across the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, came full circle both in 2012, as Williams delivered the masterful And So It Goes, and now, as he releases Reflections.

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The Deep Dark Woods Emerge with Second Label Release, Jubilee, Produced By Folk-Revivalist Jonathan Wilson


Saskatchewan gothic-folk quintet The Deep Dark Woods—who’ve earned accolades including JUNO® Award and Americana Award nominations and wins at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Western Canadian Music Awards—released their sophomore label album (and fifth overall), Jubilee, on Sept. 30 via Sugar Hill Records. The 13-track project was produced by L.A.-based folk revivalist Jonathan Wilson (Dawes, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Father John Misty), and it beautifully builds on the acclaimed psychedelic, electric-folk sound of The Deep Dark Woods’ previous efforts.

Recorded in a cabin in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains near Bragg Creek, Alberta, Jubilee journeys through folk and rock history, from California to the UK, from the 1970s to the present day. The album nods to genre pioneers such as The Byrds and Fairport Convention before heading into altogether new territory of soundscapes, and the results sound at once in and out of modern time. 

Jubilee has been met with ample praise from critics, and here’s what some are saying:

“The Deep Dark Woods are a rare group who make the type of honest, timeless music that we don’t get the opportunity to hear much these days. Jubilee is their best album yet, and may very well be remembered as the most sincere release of 2013.”

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Watch the Video for "Imagine That" from Don Williams

The Don Williams video for "Imagine That," featuring very special guest Keith Urban, has finally been released. The two came together for a low key, sit down session, which the video perfectly captures.

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The Deep Dark Woods on Daytrotter

The Deep Dark Woods are featured in this week's Daytrotter Sessions, which showcases mostly up and coming artists reworking older songs and debuting new material. In The Deep Dark Woods' session, the band provides alternate versions of several songs from their Sugar Hill release, The Place I Left Behind.

The track listing for the sessions is as follows:

1. Welcome to Daytrotter

2. Mary's Gone

3. Sugar Mama

4. The Place We Left Behind

5. Big City Blue

To listen, you'll need to sign up for a membership, but there is free trial for new users. Considering all the great talents that have sessions on Daytrotter, it's definitely worth the effort.

 

KASEY CHAMBERS AND SHANE NICHOLSON’S WRECK AND RUIN DUE OUT OCTOBER 22 FROM SUGAR HILL RECORDS

Nashville, TN – August 17th, 2012 - Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson's intriguing new album Wreck and Ruin reunites two of Australia’s most notable singer-songwriters, who also happen to be married.

Chambers believes that their second album of duets, due out October 22nd on Sugar Hill Records, will shine a light on their unique partnership as spouses as well as musicians.

“I hope people will get a sense of who we are as a couple,” says Chambers, who is a multi-platinum artist in Australia. “I guess I mean that a little bit to do with who we are as a couple in our day-to-day life, but there's a certain sound that we create when it's only the two of us. We could not create that on any other solo album, or with any other artist. … It's something that we've realized is really quite special. There are a lot of songs on this album that I don't think we could sing if we weren't married.”

Chambers and Nicholson met a decade ago when she sang on one of his records. They married at the end of 2005 and released their first duets album, Rattlin’ Bones, in 2008. It proved so popular in their home country that they toured behind the project for three years and picked up numerous awards for the album.

For Wreck and Ruin, the couple (who are parents to three young children) wrote the bulk of the new material in a remote writing cabin about an hour and a half from their home. The project was recorded in Foggy Mountain Studios, owned by Kasey’s brother Nash Chambers - located in a valley in the Australian bush, far from mobile phone access.

“We put together a whole new band for this album and got together with them a few days before we started recording,” Nicholson says. “We hung out around the studio just jamming songs and getting comfortable with each other, but we didn't prep the album songs too much. It was more about creating a sense of ease between everybody before we got to work.”

Chambers adds, “When we were recording it and Shane was talking to the band, he said, ‘It’s very traditional but not conventional.’ And I thought, ‘Yeah, that hits the nail on the head for me.’ … This album is a lot more traditional than any other album that Shane and I have made, together or apart. And it’s got a lot more of the old-timey type of sounds on it. But there’s something that’s not conventional – obviously it doesn’t sound like an album from back then, but it draws from it.”