Co-producer Bo Ramsey, who has worked with Pieta Brown’s father Greg and more famously with Lucinda Williams, returns for the fourth time to help mold Pieta’s sultry and poetic folk-rock. Fans of Williams will find plenty to like here, even if Brown’s vocals do lean towards the less gritty, more bittersweet end of the spectrum. The singer/songwriter/guitarist was raised in the Midwest and South and her music is a logical combination of the burnished roots-rock and languid swamp groove associated with those regions. The introspective, somewhat obtuse lyrics often concern leaving small towns and the people who populate them as the music follows suit. It rolls and surges with a deliberate, insistent rhythm that occasionally breaks out in train-styled momentum on the propulsive “Sonic Boom.” In “West Monroe,” Brown’s somber yet heated treatise on parting the titular town, slow-burn guitar and her smoky, purring voice merge to yield the disc’s most dramatic five minutes. “Are You Free?” works similar musical territory as its deliberate lope progresses like the sizzling fuse on a stick of dynamite. Hints of the Cowboy Junkies, Sheryl Crow, and Rickie Lee Jones coalesce to make this Brown’s finest and most assured release. The album invites multiple spins to savor the lyrical and musical intricacies of a young artist with vision, intensity, and the talent to combine them into compelling music.
California veterans Mazzy Star will release their first studio album in 17 years. Titled Seasons of Your Day, the long-awaited follow up to 1996′s Among My Swan was co-written and co-produced by founding members,David Roback and Hope Sandoval.
Co-written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback, Seasons Of Your Day was recorded in California and Norway.The album features performances by all the original members of Mazzy Star along with special guests including Colm O’Ciosoig (My Bloody Valentine) and a special appearance by the late, legendary Bert Jansch in a guitar duet of chilling intensity with David Roback on the song “Spoon”.
Guy Davis -5-string Banjo, Banjo, Cowbell, Foot Stomping, Guitar, Guitar (12 String), Handclapping, Harmonica, Mandolin, Slide Banjo, Slide Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Wood Spoons
Fabrizio Poggi – Bass Harp, Handclapping, Harmonica, Rainstick
The Blind Boys of Alabama – Vocals
Jimmy Carter – Vocals
Eric “Ricky” McKinnie – Vocals
Ben Moore – Vocals
Joey Williams – Vocals
This the official reissue of the bands long ‘out of print’ live album from 2000, Alabama Ass Whuppin ‘. Recorded in various Georgia clubs during the Pizza Deliverance Tour of 1999, it is probably the most punk rock thing they have ever done. ATO Records & Drive-By Truckers have restored the original 1/2’ analogue mixes of the album which have been re-mastered with some beautiful new art work.