Cory Branan is hitting the road again in early 2013, a one-off with Glossary, and consecutive stretches of dates with Jon Snodgrass in February and Gaslight Anthem and Bouncing Souls in March.
In 2012, Branan was a busy man. In May, he released his Bloodshot debut album MUTT and toured both by himself across the U.S. and with Chuck Ragan’s Revival Tour across the U.S. and Europe (alongside Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio, Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash, and many others). You can read Cory’s humorous recap of the European Revival Tour, complete with candid photos, over on Blogshot.
Check out all of Cory's winter tour dates here.
Every year, the fabulous Chicago station WXRT asks its listeners to, in true Chicago-style, vote early and vote often for their favorite music of the year.
And this year, they (and perhaps, you) chose JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound's killer cover of Wilco's "I Am Trying Break Your Heart" at #25 in the FAVORITE SONG Category.
Check out all the lists HERE
As we say in these parts , "now DAT'S some votin', good work dere.."
The long-time-in-the-making Roger Knox & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts album Stranger in My Land is being released on February 12th. This is a very dear record to us and one of, gasp, cultural significance, so please PLEASE give it a listen!
To whip you into a state of frothy excitement, we're entering all pre-orders into a drawing to win two Jon Langford prints.
Also, you can read an early chunk of praise from acclaimed Canadian First Nations' writer Richard Wagamese HERE.
"When it’s released in early February, this will become the most important country music release of 2013. Why?…This is country music wrought bruised and aching from the dustbowl that is Australia’s Outback. This is Roger Knox bringing an Aboriginal voice to what amounts to Jimmie Rodgers, Lefty Frizzell, Woody Guthrie and Paul Robeson gathered at the billabong singing protest tunes.
These are down-under songs of racial alienation, displacement, the march to civil rights and a collective voice in the wilderness proclaiming that they will not be moved. It is vintage Nashville sung like it should be; honestly, matter-of-fact and evocative as hell...Elegant, suffused with meaning and essential."
Well, not really, but that's the kind of headline that garners attention in this internet age. We were also considering "Eddie Knocks Up Kate Middleton" but, really, who cares?
Anyway, Eddie is doing some solo shows out West this week, and the LA Examiner interviewed him about performing solo and how the Supersuckers ended up in Seattle. He also does, in fact, rib the French a bit for the "encore" and their dislike of rock and roll.
And keep in mind, Eddie's most recent solo album Sundowner is on sale for the rest of the month for only $9.99!
Bloodshot Records seeks full-time New Media Publicist to work in our Chicago office (meaning, this is an IN-HOUSE position).
Candidate must have experience as a new media publicist or in new media marketing. We're looking for someone who can develop tailored online publicity and online advertising campaigns for each release, and update Twitter, Facebook, other social sites, and our website. The applicant must know photo editing and formatting, Photoshop, HTML, CSS, how to compress PDF files, rip hi-quality MP3s and tag them and prepare for upload, and be comfortable using a CMS similar to TypePad (run on Drupal), also helpful to know Illustrator and InDesign.
The candidate needs to be self directed and extremely comfortable working independently, a great writer, witty, level-headed and affable. The ideal person is passionate about much of the music on the label and assumes it's their mission to get Bloodshot bands the attention they deserve. Strong indie ethics and a degree in Communications, IT, English, or Journalism are a plus.
Current Bloodshot artist roster includes Lydia Loveless, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Scott H. Biram, Deadstring Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Ha Ha Tonka, and many more; further info on Bloodshot at www.bloodshotrecords.com
Pay commensurate with experience (within the scrappy indie label world); benefits include health insurance, profit sharing, and the freedom to drink on the job. If interested AND QUALIFIED, send resume to: < nan at bloodshotrecords dot com > or New Media Position, Bloodshot Records, 3039 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago IL 60618, or fax to 773-604-5019.
That's right, get ready to hit "record" on your betamax this Thursday, January 31st.
Graham Parker & the Rumour will be hitting the late night TV waves with an appearance on the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Check yer local listings for air times...