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News: May 2012

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Cory Branan announces Spring US/EU Tour dates and debuts new song!

Cory Branan is gearing up to release his Bloodshot debut, Mutt, on May 22 (pre-order now!)—to whet your appetite, you can listen the new single "Bad Man" via out pals at PASTE. Also just announced: Cory's headlining US and European tour:

18 - Montreal, Quebac @ Underworld
19 - Champlain, Ontario @ Beau’s All Natural Brewing
23 - Wiesbaden, Germany @ SCHLACHTHOF
24 - Cologne, Germany @ Underground
28 - Dresden, Saxony @ Ostpol
29 - Munich, Germany @ 59:1
30 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Eldorado
31 - Bezirk-Landstrasse, Austria @ Arena Wien

2 - Freilburg, Germany @ Walfisch
4 - Southampton, England @ Joiners
5 - Bristol, England @ The Croft
6 - Brighton, England @ The Prince Albert
7 - Manchester, England @ Tiger Lounger
8 - Glasgow, Scotland @ The Bay
10 - London, England @ Windmill Brixton
15 - Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement
16 - Atlanta, Ga. @ The Earl
17 - Durham, N.C. @ Casbah-Durham
19 - Baltimore, Md. @ Golden West
20 - Cambridge, Mass. @ TT The Bear’s
21 - Philadelphia, Penn. @ Milkboy
22 - New York City, N.Y. @ Mercury Lounge
23 - Pittsburgh, Penn. @ Club Café
24 - Toledo, Ohio @ Frankies
26 - Chicago, Ill. @ Schuba’s
27 - Omaha, Neb. @ The Sydney
28 - Fort Collins, Colo. @ Surfside 7
29 - Denver, Colo. @ Lions Lair


1 - Boise, Idaho @ The Shredder
2 - Seattle, Wash. @ Tractor Tavern
3 - Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
5 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Thee Parkside
7 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Mint
8 - Fullerton, Calif. @ Slidebar
10 - San Diego, Calif. @Casbah
11 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Rhythm Room
12 - Roswell, N.M. @ Pecos Flavors Winery
14 - Austin, Texas @ The Mohawk (inside stage)
15 - Houston, Texas @ Rudyard’s
18 - Fayetteville, Ark. @ George’s Majestic Lounge
19 - Little Rock, Ark. @ White Water Tavern
20 - Memphis, Tenn. @ Hi-Tone Café


Bad Machine TourIn the winter of 2012 Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless took to the tour trail together for a couple weeks and it made such a dynamic double bill that they’re gonna do it again this June.

The aptly titled Bad Machine Tour follows the release of outstanding new albums in Biram’s Bad Ingredients and Loveless’ Indestructible Machine

The Bad Machine Summer Tour begins in Tulsa, OK on Friday, June 1 and circles around the Midwest and East Coast before looping back for three shows in Biram’s home state of Texas, ending in Austin, TX on Saturday, June 30. Full tour dates HERE

In celebration of the tour announcement, Scott and Lydia are offering up FREE MP3s from their respective albums. Both are linked below, feel free to download/share/repost the tracks.

*Lydia Loveless “Learn To Say No” (from Indestructible Machine) – DOWNLOAD MP3 HERE

*Scott H. Biram “I Want My Mojo Back” (from Bad Ingredients) – DOWNLOAD MP3 HERE

Or both together via Soundcloud


Maggie Bjorklund interviewed for Guitar World

Check out THIS long form interview in Guitar World Magazine with our own Maggie Bjorklund.  She talks at length about her gear, her songwriting process, how and why a DANISH person came to play the AMERICAN pedal steel, and her recent stint with Jack White.

There's also an embedded video of a song from her release Coming Home.


In anticipation of the new Firewater album International Orange (Sept release) and the first US tour since 2008, we're re-releasing 4 classic Firewater titles.

On June 19th, you can complete, re-invigorate or get up to speed with your Firewater collection so's you can singalong when they bust out the hits.  These albums have been sadly out of print for several years due to the vicissitudes and vagaries of the music biz.  We'll be offering them up at a very nice price.  Pick up one, or pick up four:


Get off The Cross

The Man on the Burning Tightrope

Songs We Should Have Written



When JC and the boys were in Seattle on their Want More album release tour, they stopped by the esteemable offices of super cool radio station KEXP.

They performed 4 songs live in the studio and KEXP filmed the whole dealio.  They've recently posted them.  So here they be, friends....get down with the Uptown Sound:

Everything Will Be Fine

Want More

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

Sister Ray Charles


If you're in the DC area, c'mon out to a staged reading of a new play featuring the music of Jon Langford

Nero/Pseudo is a mash up of ancient Rome and glam rock that features music by punk/alternative country legend Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) and acclaimed songwriter/guitarist Jim Elkington (Jon Langford's Skull Orchard,The Zincs, The Horse's Ha).

Langford and Elkingtom will be playing the music at the May 30 staged reading.

The reading is on Wednesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. at Artisphere's Dome Theatre (1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209

Nero/Pseudo: A Synopsis
A naked fake emperor. Glam rock. A head in a box. That's Nero/Pseudo -- a new play by Richard Byrne.

Nero/Pseudo takes its inspiration from a passage in Tacitus' Histories, in which a man with an uncanny physical resemblance to the emperor Nero (and skill in playing the lyre) took Greece by storm a few months after the real Nero's suicide in 69 AD. Not only did the fake Nero cause mass tumult before he was captured and executed -- but the notion that Nero might actually return to rule again was fuel for apocalyptic writers in Jewish and Christian sects of that era (including The Book of Revelation).

But Nero/Pseudo isn't a period piece. Byrne mashes up classical literature with glam rock, political cults of celebrity, a healthy dollop of sex and a newly-imagined version of Nero's famous poem on the Fall of Troy. All but three lines of the original Nero poem have been lost, so the playwright's new version casts as much an eye on contemporary politics as it does on Trojans and Greeks.
Read about the collaboration in the Washington City Paper HERE.
HERE'S a sneak peek to one of the tracks


On Record Store Day April 2012, we released two singles---by Lydia Loveless and Justin Townes Earle--- exclusively for independent retailers.  Well, they disappeared super fast, but we've got about 100 or so of each we can now offer to you directly.

And so we will, but act fast...cuz after this, they be gone gone gone.

Then you'll have to shell out $40 to buy one on eBay from some dude who bought them all up that morning...


On June 1st, the BAD MACHINE TOUR starts.  That, my friends, is the double bill of the summer, with SCOTT H BIRAM and LYDIA LOVELESS tearing up clubs for the entire month of June.

To cleverly lure you into record stores and to the shows (being the geniuses at marketing that we are), we've partnered up with hip indie retailers along the tour route to offer you sale pricing, freebies, giveaways, and tickets.

Check HERE for all the skinny.  Save money!  Spend money!  See a double bill that'll melt your socks (ouch!)!



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