Seattle's super cool KEXP is tipping their radio caps to some of their favorite labels with a revolutionary spirit and, gosh by golly, they picked us as one of them.
Check out their blog posting about it HERE.
They even suggest a 13 gun salute, usually reserved for Major Generals and Rear Admirals. While we can even PRETEND to merit that kind of recognition in such august company, we're at least happy we're getting more guns than a Vice-Consul or a Charge d'Affaires.
Rockabilly icon and personal hero of ours Wanda Jackson (who we love so much, we did a tribute album of her music) is back in the studio with Justin Townes Earle producing. The album will be out in October on Sugar Hill Records.
As JTE tells it, he encouraged her to return to her roots.
"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."
Rolling Stone posted this video from the studio in Nashville with some snippets of the new songs. Watch it HERE.
If you do, we'll send you the first single "I Came Around" right away digitally.
Have a listen to it streaming on RCRD LBL
Or you can purchase the single on iTunes starting today
OR you can go to the band's outlandish KICKSTARTER page for all kinds of pre-sale goodies.
OR (we've got more "ors" than a canoe factory....ba dump bump) you can secure your album when you see the band live on their summer tour.
Regardless, get yer Murder By Death...
• We're pleased to announce that Lydia Loveless will be a featured guest and performer on the nationally-syndicated rock-n-roll talk show, Sound Opinions. The episode starts airing on Friday, July 27 -- but go to the Sound Opinions website to see when it will air on your local station that weekend. (UPDATE: Listen to it here!)
• Justin Townes Earle will curate two evenings of music entitled "In the Spirit of Woody Guthrie" on October 26th and 27th at Pace University / Pace Presents Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in New York, NY. Marking Guthrie's centennial celebration, the nights will also feature music from Joe Pug, The Low Anthem and John McCauley of Deer Tick. For ticket information, visit the Pace online box office.
• The final album from rockabilly legend Janis Martin will finally get its audience, thanks in part to our own rockabilly filly, Rosie Flores. Rosie is also currently writing to follow up to her Bloodshot debut, Girl of the Century.
• Whitey Morgan and the 78s are pounding the hot pavement this summer, and gathering some great press, including this solid review from the Washington Post and this feature from Creative Loafing.
This weekend, the grandaddy of summer music festivals, Lollapalooza, pulls into Chicago's Grant Park. Our very own JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound will be one of the dozens of bands to take the Lolla stage reppin' Chicago -- here, Red Eye catches up with Jayson to talk about their upcoming show, while NBC Chicago also features the up-and-comers, and Esquire pegs JCBUS as one to watch at Lolla 2012.