Pop & Rock

Concord Music Group

Teddy Thompson, together with parents Richard and Linda, brother Jack, younger sister Kami, her husband James Walbourne, and nephew Zak Hobbs, collectively dubbed Thompson, will release a collaborative album of all new original songs entitled Family (Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group) on November 18, 2014.  The album’s 2-Disc (1CD-DVD) Deluxe Edition, also available November 18, 2014 features the beautifully rendered 15-minute film Thompson: The Making of Family on DVD. Utilizing interviews, studio footage and vintage family photos, the film captures the warmth, intelligence and humor of this supremely talented family as they record together for the very first time.

Always intrigued by the idea of what a ‘Thompson family’ album would sound like, Teddy finally struck upon the idea of each member contributing two songs to the project which he would oversee and produce.  “My therapist had a field day with it,” says Teddy. “He said, ‘wait a minute, you’re trying to get your family back together!’ And that’s exactly right. I’m six years old again, and I’m trying to put my family back together. It was very therapeutic, making the record.”

Finally, in 2012, Teddy sent emails to his parents and siblings, trusting that positive reaction, and quality music would come back.  Both did. The bulk of the album was completed in 2013, with Teddy coordinating with his relatives about their individual contributions. Everybody wrote and recorded their songs where they live and sent them in.   Once the songs were done, family members met up for four days of studio time in London and New York City, where the tracks were recorded with Teddy at the helm. The recordings feature abundant musical cross-pollination from all the performers as well as shared backing vocals.

The album features a wide musical range—from Kami’s more poppy contributions like her bright melodic rocker, “Careful,” to the familiar folky elegance of Richard’s, “That’s Enough,” and from Linda’s heartfelt ballad, “Bonny Boys,” to Teddy’s classic country rocker, “Right.” The songs do share an aesthetic and emotional texture instantly familiar as having sprung from this particular family source. And the family members would agree. “I suppose there’s kind of a folk-rock sensibility to what the Thompsons do, generally speaking,” says Richard. “I think everyone’s a bit in in the singer- songwriter style.”

Teddy knew the songs would be good—this is the Thompson family, after all—and yet, he says he was surprised by just how good all of the songs were. Well, maybe he wasn’t that surprised. “I don’t mean to sound cocky or anything,” he adds, “but I just felt like everybody’s really good, and everybody was going to write good songs, and do good work, and they did.”

Buy Family – Deluxe Edition: http://smarturl.it/ThompsonFamilyDlx

Duane Allman Skydog: The Restrospective
Concord Music Group

On October 28th, 2014, Paul McCartney's critically acclaimed album NEW will be released as a special 2CD/DVD Collector’s Edition in a hard bound book featuring bonus content, including behind the scenes footage, music videos, live recordings, album documentary and previously unreleased tracks.  Released in October 2013, NEW was greeted with rave reviews all around the world. In both the UK and US it entered the Album Charts at Number Three. Within months it had sold almost a quarter-of-a-million copies in America alone and counting. NEW also went Top 10 in 17 different countries including a Number One position in the Japanese charts.  Since its release, it has achieved Silver sales status in territories including UK and France, Gold status in Japan and Platinum in Russia, to name just a few international sales achievements.

This special collector’s edition is packed full with exclusive content that tells the story of the making of the album as well as capturing unique moments during the international promotion campaign which saw Paul make global headlines by creating traffic stopping moments in the US and UK with pop up performances in New York and London.

Channeling the spirit of adventure that has forever characterized McCartney’s approach to making music, NEW was born out of his collaboration with a bunch of young British producers whose records he rated. Paul Epworth, who had enormous, Oscar-winning success writing with Adele on her album 21 and on their James Bond theme Skyfall. There was Mark Ronson, the DJ/musician who had helped the late Amy Winehouse create the classic Back To Black. And there were Ethan Johns, the son of Beatles engineer Glyn and himself a renowned producer, and Giles Martin, son of Sir George and a previous collaborator with The Beatles on the Las Vegas theatrical production Love.

The original idea for the then-untitled project was that Paul would work on a few songs with each, see who he felt most comfortable with and inspired by, and proceed with that producer. But such was the flood of ideas, and so strong were the songs pouring from Paul’s fingertips, that he decided to take the best of all worlds: he’d work with all four producers. The result was one of the most ambitious and acclaimed efforts of Paul’s solo career—an album hailed by Rolling Stone as “the music of eternal youth… energized and full of joyous rock & roll invention.”

CD 1 track listing is the same as the original 14 track deluxe edition released last year.  CD 2 includes two previously unreleased tracks (“Hell To Pay” and “Demons Dance”) taken from the album recording sessions as well featuring “Struggle” which was previously released as a Japanese bonus track. The second CD also includes live versions of “Save Us,” “New," “Queenie Eye” and “Everybody Out There” recorded at the Tokyo Dome, Japan in November of last year.

This story is perfectly told in Paul’s own words as well as those of the producers in Something New, a documentary about NEW directed by Don Letts, featured on the DVD.  Along with the documentary and a collection of behind-the-scenes footage from Paul’s international promotional trail, the DVD also includes all of the music videos for “Queenie Eye,” “Save Us,” “Appreciate” and “Early Days,” with ‘Making Of’ material for “Queenie Eye,” “Appreciate” and “Early Days.”

Buy NEW Collector’s Edition: http://smarturl.it/PMnewCollectorsEd

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Re-Imagination Gets Manchester Orchestra to HOPE


Atlanta-based hard rock quintet Manchester Orchestra is thrilled to announced the release of HOPE, a startling re-imagination of COPE, their most recent album, issued earlier this year. HOPE is available digitally everywhere beginning today, September 16th, 2014 via Loma Vista Recordings.  In addition, HOPE will be released on CD and vinyl on November 18th, 2014.   

Listen to HOPE’s “Top Notch”: https://soundcloud.com/manchesterorchestra/top-notch-hope-version/s-1LFSb

Listen to HOPE’s “Girl Harbor”: https://soundcloud.com/manchesterorchestra/girl-harbor-hope-version/s-mIH35 

The band also announced that fans purchasing tickets for any date of the upcoming HOPE tour will instantly receive a digital copy of the full album, HOPE. The stripped-down fall/winter U.S. HOPE tour, which begins in Memphis, TN on October 31st, offers a rare chance to see the band perform in specially chosen, intimate venues. The 13-date HOPE tour concludes on December 13th at the super-unique Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN. Tickets are on sale at the band’s official website today at noon Eastern: http://themanchesterorchestra.com/

Searching for the sonic direction of what would become their fourth full-length album, the hard-hitting COPE, earlier this year; Manchester Orchestra discovered something pretty amazing. The unapologetically heavy anthems seemed to work just as well (or even better) when stripped to their essence. “We were noticing that all the beautiful, slow stuff was working with all the really loud and fast stuff,” said lead vocalist, Andy Hull.  “The seed was planted to go back and create a full circle of an album.”

So when Hull went into SiriusXM’s Alt-Nation studios and recorded a stripped-down version of “Top Notch” on the eve of releasing COPE this past April, it was with a measured degree of intent. The quiet presentation and simple arrangement forced the song’s warm lyric and beautiful melody to the fore, which actually made the track itself sound bigger. The fan reaction to the new version of “Top Notch” was powerful and instant (as was the great support from SiriusXM), further reinforcing the band’s desire to reshape these songs in a new and different way. Over the summer of 2014, in the same studio where they originally forged COPE, the band re-imagined the songs with a renewed sense of purpose and fresh perspective. Using Fender Rhodes, piano, vocal re-arrangements and strings, Manchester Orchestra, with an assist from illustrious sound mixer Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Beach House, Fleet Foxes), transformed COPE’s eleven tracks into something completely new and mesmerizing: HOPE.


iTunes: http://smarturl.it/MOhope

Amazon CD: http://smarturl.it/MOhope_AmzCD

Amazon Vinyl: http://smarturl.it/MOhope_AmzLP

Google Play: http://goo.gl/QrUCfG

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Kristin Chenoweth Signs with Concord Music Group


Kristin Chenoweth, the Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and accomplished singer, has signed a worldwide recording agreement with Concord Music Group. Her album Coming Home will be released on November 18, 2014.

This fall, Chenoweth will host the PBS Arts Fall Festival, featuring classic Broadway hits, music from around the country and theatre performances. The festival will include her own concert performance, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home, where she will perform career-spanning material in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  The concert will be released as a live CD and DVD and filmed for a PBS television special, which will air on November 28.

Chenoweth will also be featured in Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem, a concert special honoring the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 13. The event will be televised live on PBS as part of the network’s “Great Performances” series.

“All of us are thrilled to have someone of Kristin’s stature be a part of the Concord family,” said Mark Wexler, General Manager/Senior Vice President, Concord Records Group. “She is a multi-talented entertainer and has touched so many lives with her thrilling performances. We all look forward to working closely with her in this next chapter of her incredible, multi-faceted career.”

A Hollywood Bowl and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television, film and an accomplished singing career. Many remember her show-stealing, Tony-winning performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a leading actress Tony Award nomination. While starring in the ABC series Pushing Daisies, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Chenoweth has appeared on Fox’s comedy Glee in a role for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite TV Guest Star. She also starred as Annabeth Schott on NBC’s Emmy-winning drama The West Wing and guest judged on American Idol and Project Runway.

Chenoweth will return to Broadway, playing the glamorous film star Lily Garland in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 20-week limited engagement of On the Twentieth Century, in early 2015. She has completed production on several projects, including the Universal film The Boy Next Door (alongside Jennifer Lopez), the upcoming comedy Opposite Sex, an indie teen drama Hard Sell and the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie Descendents, the latter in which she will play the classic Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent.