When Maggie's record Coming Home came out in early 2011, it got rave reviews. Sure, there were a Jenga set of reasons NOT to release it: Danish. Pedal-steel. Unheard of on this side of that there Ocean. Not able to tour much. Check, check, check and double check.
BUT, once we heard it, we HAD to release it. Jack White must have thought something of it, as he had her play in his band on tour and on SNL. And folks are STILL raving about it. Inspired by the 3rd installment of the Naked Gun trilogy (watch out Det Drebbin, it's OJ Simpson@), the folks at Alarm Magazine have compiled their favorite albums of the first 3 1/3 yrs of the 2010's. Maggie clocks in at #21.
"Coming Home, is a charming collection of Southwestern folk tunes, and many of her established relationships with US artists help make it so — including guest spots by Calexico, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Rachel Flotard (Visqueen), and Jon Auer (The Posies). Coming Home proves itself to be a beautiful debut, from the crooning vocals, Western guitar licks, and cello strikes of “Summer Romance” to the dark guitar lines and ghostly, high-octave contrasts of “Insekt.”
See the full review, the full list and get a song by her HERE
AND, because we want you to hear this record, AND because it's a perfect soundtrack for muggy summer evenings when you are watching the sweat beads roll down the side of the beer bottle, if you order the CD or LP and put ALARM in order notes, we'll throw in either a Bloodshot beer cozy OR a Bloodshot keychain bottle opener.
Look over Neil's right shoulder, why, it's our own Maggie Bjorklund performing at the The Bridge School Benefit last weekend.
She was up there with a bunch of people we've never heard of, like The Flaming Lips, Crazy Horse, Lucinda Williams, Steve Martin, kd lang and others.
Organized by musician Neil Young and his wife, Pegi, the Bridge School Benefit Concert is an annual, all acoustic, non-profit charity event held every October at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. All proceeds directly benefit the operations of The Bridge School.
A confluence of Rolling Stone content and BS artists today.
First, HERE'S a piece on Justin Townes Earle producing Wanda Jackson's new album Unfinished Business, which was released yesterday. We here at BS are no strangers to the majesty that is WANDA. Why, we even put together a tribute record to her.
Second, Jack White debuted his new video "I'm Shakin" on Rolling Stone.com See it HERE. Our own Maggie Bjorklund is on pedal steel (you don't see much of her, but she pops up here and there---like at 2:23). The song is an old Little Willie John tune that Bloodshot Rob was first hipped to by the Blasters. Check that out HERE.
And, if you wanna play the Kevin Bacon Degrees of Separation game, Little Willie John (who also wrote "Fever") also came up with the scorcher "Leave My Kitten Alone" that our own Detroit Cobras covered on their Tied & True album
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.
The former White Stripes frontman has called upon our very own pedal steel playing, Danish singer/songwriter Maggie Bjorklund to join him on his first-ever solo headlining tour. The backing spot has thus far brought her in front of sold-out audiences in Nashville, Chattanooga, and onto the stage of Saturday Night Live. Watch the SNL performance of “Love Interruption” on SNL HERE.
Looky HERE for some photos.
A full listing of tour dates can be found HERE (more to be added soon).
To celebrate the announcement, we are launching a second free MP3 from Maggie’s recently released Bloodshot Records debut, Coming Home . “The Anchor Song” features an all-star cast of guest contributors including vocalist Rachel Flotard, Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico, Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees, and others. You can download, re-post, and share the FREE track here
Maggie will be joining Jack White on the road on selected dates throughout the spring and summer promoting his new record Blunderbluss, out in April via Third Man Records. In between she will also be headlining two shows in the Netherlands, supporting Laura Gibson in Belgium, and performing at Bloodshot’s official showcase at Red Eyed Fly on 3/17 during Austin’s SXSW festival.
Pedal steel whiz Maggie Bjorklund is hitting the road again as part of John Doe's band.
Come out and say hi. She'll even have copies of her new album with her.
11/26 Chicago IL - Old Town School of Folk Music
11/28 Columbus OH - Rumba Cafe
11/29 Cleveland OH - Beachland Ballroom
11/30 Pittsburgh PA - Thunderbird Cafe
12/01 York PA - Sttrand Capitol Performing Arts Center
12/02 Vienna VA - Jammin Java
12/03 Easton MD - Night Cat
12/04 New York NY - City Winery
12/05 Allston MA - Brighton Music Hall
12/07 Philadelphia PA - World Cafe Live
It was a fun, busy week. We gave you SIX different chances to win Maggie Bjorklund's new album "Coming Home" just by taking a look at her six new music videos and liking, re-posting, or commenting on any of them. Simple enough, right?
As participating site My Old Kentucky Blog put it, "Beginning this past Monday, five music blogs formed an unlikely and unholy alliance, the sole purpose of which is to make Maggie Björklund your new favorite pedal steel virtuoso." We like that, the idea of suspending personal agendas to be part of a something fun and singular in its goal - to showcase an artist and her fellow contributing musicians, playing some beautiful music in an intimate setting.
And so with that, we wanted to give you one last chance to catch all the videos in one place and to enter to win, right here. We also wanted to give huge thanks to the six participating sites that premiered Maggie's videos:
Monday – Alarm Press featured "Anchor Song" (featuring Rachel Flotard)
Tuesday - Magnet Magazine featured "Vildspor" (featuring Jon Auer of The Posies)
Wednesday - Uprooted Music Review featured "Insekt"
Thursday - My Old Kentucky Blog featured "Intertwined" (featuring Mark Lanegan) and Country Standard Time featured "Summer Romance" (featuring Rachel Flotard)
Friday - Blurt Magazine featured "Coming Home" (featuring Mark Lanegan)
So please continue to view these videos, pass them around to friends, post them on Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else that it will stick. We hope this week did indeed make Ms. Bjorklund your new favorite pedal steel virtuoso. She's defintiely ours.
Starting today, we announce the launch of Maggie Bjorklund Video Roll Week. Involved are five of our favorite publications, coming together to support five new videos from Maggie’s new album—each song with its own unique draw, and each supporting site offering the opportunity for one lucky person to win a copy of Coming Home.
Here’s the gist of it:
Starting on Monday, April 25, Alarm Press will premiere the first video, which is a beautiful hi-def, live performance of “Anchor Song” featuring Maggie, John Convertino of Calexico, Rachel Flotard of Visqueen, Rusty Willoughby, Johnny Sangster, Barrett Martin of Screeming Trees, and Barbara Hunter. Anyone who re-posts, Likes, or comments on the video—via Facebook, Twitter, and on the hosting site itself—will be eligible to win the new album.
Check out the first video of the series for "Anchor Song" over at Alarm Press!
Then, visit our Maggie Video Roll page throughout the week for more premieres!
In our continuing battle on behalf of Maggie's new album Coming Home, a record that made precious little business sense to release but we just loved so much we just HAD to, we present some ammo for you to sample.
>>Stream the ENTIRE record on Spinner.com and see if we're lying about how wonderful it is.
>>Check out this pro video shot at Crackle @ Pop Studios in Seattle of the song "Wasteland" and soak in some of the magic
Sometimes a record comes across our desks that, despite common sense business reasoning, we just HAVE to be a part of. This is one of those records. We hope you'll agree or perhaps give a try. Tracks can be heard on the New Releases playlist--just push that little red button to the left.