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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.”

ACM Duo of the Year Winners Joey + Rory release "His and Hers"

Purchase the new album at the Sugar Hill Store (Packages include a limited edition autographed poster)

Purchase the exclusive Wal-Mart version that includes two bonus tracks ("Play Me the Waltz of the Angels" and "In The Time That You Gave Me")

The new album by husband and wife duo, Joey and Rory is now available.  His and Hers is a classic country album that hearkens to a simpler time emphasizing family values and the love of husband and wife. The album features half the songs sung by Joey and the other half sung by Rory. The couple recently debuted their all new television show on RFDTV. Click here for times and availability.

Yahoo! Music Debuts New Video From Nick 13

Yahoo! Music has premiered the highly anticipated video for Nick 13's "Carry My Body Down."

In Nick 13's smooth new video, the singer for rockers Tiger Army seamlessly crosses his musical comfort zone and lets his country roots burn bright as he pays tribute to some of his biggest inspirations such as the great Hank, Sr., Carl Perkins, George Jones and Merle Haggard.

Make sure to check out the video on Yahoo! Music, and then come back and check all of Nick 13's other work here.

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Wanda Jackson Releases Unfinished Business On October 9

Wanda Jackson returns to her roots with Unfinished Business, which is set to release on October 9, and Rolling Stone also has a special look at a behind the scenes video of Wanda discussing the new album, which you can view here.

Country music icon Wanda Jackson, dubbed "The Queen of Rockabilly," worked with producer Justin Townes Earle to bring her back to her roots and hear a side of the singer that we haven't heard in some time.

 

"From day one I really liked Justin's idea to take me back to my roots and make a record of country, blues, and rockabilly songs," Jackson tells Rolling Stone. "The band was extra tight and great to work with during the whole process. The record just sounds terrific and I'm hoping that my fans enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it."

 

KATHY MATTEA TO RELEASE CALLING ME HOME ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

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Most artists take fewer and fewer risks as they get older, but Kathy Mattea is a striking exception. She didn’t play it safe while she charted mainstream country hits—16 of them reaching the top ten—and she’s not about to start now.

Four years ago, Mattea, one of the most sure-footed country-pop song interpreters of her generation, caught everyone off guard with an album of old-timey Appalachian mining songs called Coal. She’s delved even deeper into her Appalachian heritage with Calling Me Home, available from Sugar Hill on September 11th, 2012, co-produced with modern acoustic mastermind Gary Paczosa and featuring liner notes from bestselling author, and Kentucky-born kindred spirit, Barbara Kingsolver. 
Mattea’s new direction couldn’t have taken her further from her old way of doing things. Where once she was pitched songs by Music Row writers, now she collects the generations-old and new but old-in-soul tunes that move her at folk gatherings, and rounds out her repertoire through extensive research. Two songs here came from a CD that Alice Gerrard, of the influential ‘70s folk duo Hazel & Alice, personally pressed into her hand at one such festival.

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Kasey Chambers "Storybook" to be released July 30th as Amazon exclusive

Sugar Hill Records is excited to announce the July 30th Amazon.com exclusive worldwide release of Storybook from Aussie songstress Kasey Chambers. The fifteen song release is a collection of songs that inspired Kasey to become a musician. In her words, “this album is a collection of songs and tributes to artists who have influenced me from when I was a small child up until now. I can honestly say that I would not be who I am today without the music from these incredible singer/songwriters and their inspiration.” The album is the musical accompaniment to Kasey’s autobiography, A Little Bird Told Me, which was recently published by Harper Collins in Australia.  On Storybook, Kasey works her magic on gutsy, soulful tunes hand-picked from the iconic songbooks of Gram Parsons, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt and more. Kasey returns to the U.S. this summer with a brand new run of tour dates in conjunction with the worldwide release of Storybook. For more information about Storybook, click here.

Find "Storybook" on Amazon here.