I wanted to catch up and share some recent music news regarding Chris Stamey and Peter Hosapple. Dedicated dB’s fans probably already know this but still I thought it is worth mentioned that earlier this month Chris Stamey released a solo album and next month offers a Continental Drifters compilation featuring Mr. Peter Holsapple.
Stamey’s Euphoria will put power pop fans in a euphoric state. It’s packed with the timeless jangly rock that Stamey has long been known for crafting. The disc’s ten tracks includes one (“Universe-sized Arms”) that Ryan Adams gifted him as well as contributions by Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake, Wilco’s Pat Sansone and his frequent musical cohort Mitch Easter.
Coming out on July 17 is Drifted: In The Beginning & Beyond, a 2-disc set covering the colorful career of the Continental Drifters. The band started off around 1991 just playing for fun in the decrepit basement club, Raji’s, right near Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles. As the group solidified, the main members included Peter Holsapple, Bangle Vicki Peterson, Susan Cowsill (of the Cowsills fame) and Mark Walton (Dream Syndicate, Giant Sand), although other members drifted in and out of this loose ensemble. The group eventually migrated to New Orleans where they stayed together until the early 2000’s. Rather than just pull together tracks off of their several studio releases, Omnivore Recordings dug deeper and assembled a fascinating 33-songs collection that includes early recordings, demos, alternative mixes, live material, tribute album tracks and songs from rare European releases.
Here is a taste of what this collection is about: