Fans of the late, lamented rock mag Creem Magazine (the first one I read religiously) will be shouting “Boy Howdy!” over the news that there is a documentary on the magazine in the works. Scott Crawford, the filmmaker who chronicled the Washington D.C. hardcore in Salad Days, is the man behind the project and a Kickstarter campaign will be kicking off in January – learn more at https://www.facebook.com/creemmagazinedocfilm/
Longtime Arizona country rocker Roger Clyne has played many a bar in his time. Now, he wants to stock them too. He has his own brand of tequila Mexican Moonshine Tequila and has started an IndieGoGo campaign (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mexican-moonshine-tequila-familia#) to help grow the business.
To celebrate turning 21, Bloodshot Records has teamed up with the Chicago brewery Lagunitas to create “Bloodshot Few Brew,” a special limited edition beer that is a twist on Lagunitas’ Imperial Stout. Bloodshot mainstay Jon Langford, who also is a noted artist, has design the beer’s label. Langford’s Waco Brothers have put together a new set of delightfully punky twang for Bloodshot who will release Going Down in History on Feb. 26. In other Bloodshot news, Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean have rekindled their Freakwater partnership and will be releasing the first studio album in over a decade with the marvelous Scheherazade arriving Feb. 5 on Bloodshot.
David Cobb and Buddy Miller, two men who (among other things) are known for their producing skills, will each have interesting new, collaborative projects coming out in the new year. Cobb’s Southern Family (due March 18 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records), which features contributions from Jason Isbell, Zac Brown, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Anderson East, Holly Williams, Brandy Clark, Shooter Jennings and Rich Robinson, is something of a concept album exploring the new Nashville Sound.
Miller’s Cayamo Sessions At Sea (Jan. 29 on New West) collects 11 selections recorded on the fabled Cayamo music cruises of 2014 and 2015. This all-covers set finds Miller performing with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Elizabeth Cook, Richard Thompson, Nikki Lane and Kasey Musgraves.
Lee Ann Womack, Sara Watkins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joss Stone, Abigail Washburn, Sarah Jarosz and Aofie O’Donovan are among the ladies who have helped out those talented gentlemen The Infamous Stringdusters on their upcoming album Ladies & Gentlemen, which is slated for a Feb. 5.
Aoife O’Donovan has a new album of her own gorgeous music coming out on Yep Roc; In The Magic Hour will come several incarnations that also will include bonus tracks. The label also is helping Tift Merritt celebrate the 14th anniversary of her breakout album Bramble Rose with a deluxe vinyl reissue. And to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Irish-American outfit, Solas has called upon all of their past members to lend a hand on their new effort All These Years (due Feb. 19 from Hearth Music)
More good news about upcoming new releases – word is going around that one of my fave tunesmiths Hayes Carll may have a new album coming out in the spring, his first since 2011’s KMAG YOYO. Blue Ridge Mountain-reared troubadour Malcolm Holcombe delivers his 14th album of rustic folk blues on Feb. 12. Another Black Hole features guest shots by Ken Coomer, Future Man and Tony Joe White.
Tompkins Square Records has put out an archival live recording of the legendary American folk musician Roscoe Holcomb. The live set comes from his performance at the 1972 San Diego Folk Festival.
The Alan Lomax Archives closes out Lomax’s centennial year in a big way. Root Hog Or Die: 100 Songs, 100 Years – An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute is a wonderful limited edition 6-LP box-set populated with 100 songs (appropriately enough) cover field recordings that he did all around the world between 1933 and 1983.
Also on the archival front – fans of the SoCal country rock scene of the ‘70s & ‘80s will be pleased to know that Omnivore will be releasing a trio of J.D. Souther solo albums. Best known as a songwriter of hits Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles, Souther also made a series of his own album. His debut John David Souther will come out in January, while Black Rose and Home By Dawn have a Feb. 12 release date.
During CBGB’s 1970’s golden age, the Miamis were one of the club’s prime bands. They aren’t well known today before they released so little music. That should change with We Deliver: The Lost Band of the CBGB Era (1974-1979) (1/29/16 on Omnivore), which contains 23 tracks of remastered, restored songs, demos and live tracks. The label also is continuing its Game Theory reissue campaign with the release of the eclectic power pop band’s epic 1987 album Lolita Nation. Originally a 2-LP set, this reissue (due Feb. 5) will be a 2-CD package, containing all 27 songs from the Mitch Easter-produced album along with 21 bonus tracks including covers of “Love Will Tear Us,” “Roadrunner,” “Drive-In Saturday” and “Carrie Anne.”
Omnivore is also behind one of the most usual reissues of recent times: Alan Price’s “lost” album Savaloy Dip. Warner Brothers was set to release the former Animals keyboardist’s 1974 follow up to his acclaimed O Lucky Man! soundtrack. However, in a still mysterious turn of events, the release was abruptly cancelled. A few 8-tracks (remember them?) reached the stores but were then recalled. Even a rarity in the bootleg circles, the album will get an official CD release Jan. 16 and the public can hear the album’s 11 songs (only one tune “Between Today and Yesterday” was ever put out before now).
You can get a taste of Savaloy Dip here: https://youtu.be/QzGk7R6_qfk
In February, Real Gone Music will release a pair of classic album on limited edition vinyl – Marty Robbins: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs and Doug Sahm: Doug Sahm and Band – as well as a CD compilation Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys Featuring Ricky Skaggs & Keith Whitley: The Complete Jessup Recordings Plus! that draws its material from the early 70s with Skaggs and Whitley were just preciously talented kids. And if you are a fan of the ‘60s tune “Vehicle” by those one-hit wonders The Ides Of March, Real Gone will be putting out this Blood, Sweat & Tears-style band’s album bolstered with some bonus tracks.
The Americana Music Association UK will throw their first ever awards show on Feb. 3. The UK Americana Awards, part of a 2-day conference and musical showcase, will honor winners in seven categories (four specifically U.K.-focused and three “international”). Billy Bragg is a quite fine choice to receive The Trailblazer Award.
And hope you all have a wonderful 2016.