The Infamous Stringdusters To Release New Album This Winter

Courtesy:  Compass Records

Courtesy: Compass Records

The Infamous Stringdusters has a new album on the way.

The Grammy®-nominated bluegrass band announced this week that its sophomore album Ladies and Gentlemen this winter. The album is currently scheduled for release on Friday, February 5th, 2016. The band’s sixth full-length studio recording, it will be released via Compass Records.  In anticipation of the album’s release Rolling Stone magazine has debuted the first single from the upcoming recording via its website at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-lee-ann-womack-join-infamous-stringdusters-on-i-believe-20151210. While there audiences can read writer Marissa R. Ross’ article on the band and its new recording. The single, ‘I Believe’ features guest vocals from famed country artist Lee Ann Womack. She is just one of the famed artists that makes a guest appearance on the upcoming recording. Joss Stone, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Joan Osborne also make appearances on this record. The album’s complete track listing is noted below.

LADIES & GENTLEMEN TRACK LISTING

  1. Listen (Joan Osborne)

  1. I Believe (Lee Ann Womack)

  1. Won’t Be Long (Sara Jarosz)

  1. Have A Little Faith (Joss Stone)

  1. See How Far You’ve Come (Sara Watkins)

  1. Old Whiskey Bottle (Celia Goldsmith)

  1. Still The One (Nicki Bluhm)

  1. Ladders In The Sky (Claire Lynch)

  1. Coming Back To You (Mary Chapin Carpenter)

  1. Run To Heaven (Aofie O’Donovan)

  1. Rock And Roll (Abigail Washburn)

  1. Hazosphere (Jen Hartswick)

 

The band will kick off a tour in support of Ladies and Gentlemen beginning February 8th in Telluride, Colorado. The two-night stand at the Sheridan Opera House (February 8th – 9th) will be followed by a string of dates that will take the band throughout the country. There are even two dates in North Carolina included in the band’s tour. The first of those dates is April 3rd at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, North Carolina. The second sees the band performing at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 6th. Audiences can check out the band’s current tour schedule and purchase tickets for shows online now at http://www.thestringdusters.com/tour/. More information on the band’s tour is available online now along with all of the latest updates on its new album and daily news at:

 

Website: http://www.thestringdusters.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thestringdusters

Twitter: http://twitter.com/stringdusters

 

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Stewart Impresses Yet Again On New LP

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Dave Stewart still has it.  Every time that the former Eurythmics member has released a new album, he has reinvented himself to great success.  His new album, “The Ringmaster General” is no exception.  While his most recent album, “The Blackbird Diaries” (2011) had a touch of country in it, this new album seems more focused on country, even going so far as to include a song titled, ‘A New Song For Nashville.’  Of course, country isn’t the only style that Stewart covers on this release.  The album opens with the semi-psychedelic radio ready rock song, ‘I Got Love.’  He pairs up with Joss Stone for this song.  The pairing is no coincidence as the pair recently toured together.  And it makes for a fun start to the album.  They sing on this song, “I got love/but I feel so bad.”  The lyrics don’t seem like they’d go with the jamming, up-tempo music.  But all together, it works very well.  The addition of the sax part on this song adds an extra little flare, too.

‘I Got Love’ is followed up with a more mellow song in ‘Just Another Fall.’  Stewart is joined on this song by singer/songwriter Diane Burch.  And just as [Joss] Stone’s vocals were a welcome addition to ‘I Got Love’, Birch’s vocals make ‘Just Another Fall’ work just as well.  This song comes off lyrically as one centered on the topic of relationships as the pair sings to one another, “I could hardly believe it when you said you had an open mind/I was so excited/I was in love/I was so blind/cracks appeared in the ice/ but they were pretty/just like Venice lace/I could see what was gonna happen/as the lines/they appeared on your face.” 

“The Ringmaster General” has its share of fun up-tempo songs.  But it also has more deeply emotional songs such as his duet with country star Alison Krauss on ‘Drowning in the Blues.’  Krauss’ voice is as beautiful and powerful as ever even in its gentility.  Stewart expertly matches her take on the song, too.  The song’s music is a perfect emotional match for the pair’s sound.  It catches every nuance of the song, all while adding its own extra emotion, making it one of the album’s best songs.  It would be no surprise if this song becomes one of the album’s many singles.

‘Drowning in The Blues’, ‘Just Another Fall’ and ‘I Got Love’ are just a few of the songs that make Dave Stewart’s “The Ringmaster General” another great album.  The whole album is loaded with songs that every listener will find to be their own favorite.  Fans will also be excited to know that Dave will be running a UK tour in September.  And as part of that tour, he is giving fans the chance to be his opening act on the tour.  All the information on the contest can be found on his website, http://davestewart.com.  More information on his upcoming tour, his new album and more is also available online at http://www.facebook.com/davestewart, http://www.youtube.com/user/DaveStewartOfficial, http://www.myspace.com/thedavestewart, and http://twitter.com/davestewart.

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