Pop & Rock

Concord Music Group

Singer/bassist/songwriter Danielle Nicole oozes groove. There’s so much funky, bluesy soul coming out of her, you wonder if her heart beats in syncopated time.

The Kansas City-raised daughter of musicians already had a solid blues foundation, but she found that groove—or new variations of it—in New Orleans, where she worked with GRAMMY®-winning producer-guitarist Anders Osborne to craft a number of songs, the first of which are showcased on her solo debut EP for Concord Records, released on March 10, 2015.

The self-titled EP features four tracks that were recorded in New Orleans with Osborne producing and playing guitar. Stanton Moore holds court behind the drumset, Mike “Shinetop, Jr.” Sedovic plays keyboards and Danielle lays down the basslines while also handling all of the vocals. The last two tracks on the EP were recorded live at Kansas City’s Triple A radio mainstay KTBG-The Bridge 90.9 FM. Danielle sang and played acoustic guitar in their studios doing stripped-down, intimate versions of “You Only Need Me When You’re Down” and Bob Dylan’s classic “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”

Danielle calls her sound “blues-based roots,” and it’s clear those roots reach deep—straight to the melting-pot heart of American music. She discovered them early, thanks to her parents and her big-band singer/grandmother. When Nicole’s father heard her belting out Koko Taylor’s “Never Trust a Man” at age 12, her destiny became clear.

Influenced by artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney, the Neville Brothers, Sarah Vaughan and Janis Joplin (the latter of whom she recalls, “…a white girl playin’ the blues; I could relate…”), Danielle started gigging at 14 and picked up the bass at 18, when she and her brothers decided to join forces as Trampled Under Foot. As that band wound down after 13 years, she formed her own group, which is currently heading out on the road opening for George Thorogood and Buddy Guy.

The EP is an introduction to Danielle as a formidable solo artist. A full length album is currently scheduled for release in late summer 2015, featuring more music created in New Orleans with Osborne, Moore and Sedovic.

Duane Allman Skydog: The Restrospective
Concord Music Group

Shelby Lynne will release her 13th full-length album, and first for Rounder Records, entitled I Can’t Imagine, on May 5th, 2015. Perhaps the most beautifully crafted and intensely affecting set of songs since her landmark I Am Shelby Lynne in 2000, I Can’t Imagine is powered by Lynne’s lustrous vocal performance, indelible, illuminative songwriting, and the sympathetic, versatile playing of her top-flight band. Rolling Stone Country hosts the exclusive premiere of the album’s title track beginning February 19th; listen here.

Comprising 10 new songs written or co-written by the GRAMMY®-winning singer-songwriter, I Can’t Imagine reflects an array of Lynne’s influences—from Southern soul, Crescent City R&B, and California country & western to the ardent social consciousness of precursors like Woody Guthrie and even the roots 'n' blues vocalizing of Billie Holiday—all brought into clear focus by Lynne’s keen pop sensibility.

To record I Can’t Imagine, the Virginia-born, Alabama-bred Lynne—who has lived in Southern California for the last 16 years—returned to the South, to the intimate Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana. As she has on four of her last five albums (the exception being the memorable 2008 Dusty Springfield tribute Just a Little Lovin’, helmed by the late Phil Ramone), Lynne produced the new album herself. Besides five songs composed alone by Lynne, the album includes two tracks (“Love is Strong” and “Be in the Now”) co-written by Ron Sexsmith and three authored with Lynne’s band mates—“Better” and “I Can’t Imagine” with guitarist/keyboardist Pete Donnelly and “Sold the Devil (Sunshine)” with Los Angeles-based guitarist (and band leader) Ben Peeler. The other core band members here include veteran players, drummer Michael Jerome, and bassist Ed Maxwell. Additionally, gifted singer/songwriter Clarence Greenwood, better known as Citizen Cope, added his striking vocals to three tracks.

Fiercely independent, forever authentic and thoroughly original, Shelby Lynne inhabits the same space in American music shaped by such like-minded musical renegades as Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Bobbie Gentry, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. 15 years following the release of her breakthrough album I Am Shelby Lynne, (recently reissued by Rounder) she remains an artist in full creative command. Shelby Lynne’s I Can’t Imagine is an inspired work of purity and depth, sure to be one of 2015’s most essential recordings.

Tour dates will be announced soon.

Pre-order Shelby Lynne's I Can't Imagine: CD  |  LP

Concord Music Group

Concord Music Group, one of the world's leading independent music companies, celebrated a night of achievement at the 57thAnnual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles winning 5 awards out of the group's 14 nominations overall. The recognition reflects the company's enduring commitment to artistic excellence across an array of musical genres. Concord Music Group's renowned family of labels includes Concord, Rounder, Fantasy, Concord Jazz, Stax, Telarc, The Bicycle Music Company, Hear Music, and Heads Up International, among many others.

In addition, Concord label partner Loma Vista Recordings' St. Vincent won the Best Alternative Music Album GRAMMY for her highly acclaimed self-titled album.

"From jazz to bluegrass to our partner label Loma Vista's alternative Grammy, we're honored to receive this great recognition," stated Concord Music Group president and CEO Glen Barros. "But we're even more honored to work with some of the greatest artists in the world and a team that's second to none."

Below is the complete list of Concord Music Group GRAMMY winners:

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Chick Corea, soloist
Track from: Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio)
[Concord Jazz]

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Dianne Reeves
[Concord Records]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chick Corea Trio
[Concord Jazz]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
[Telarc International]

Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls of Leicester

Affiliated Concord artist:
Best Alternative Music Album
St. Vincent
[Loma Vista Recordings/Republic]

Concord Music Group

RUSH: 40th Anniversary Tour, R40 LIVE


Celebrating 40 years, Rush and Live Nation confirmed that the R40 LIVE Tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer beginning May 8 in Tulsa, OK and finishing August 1 in Los Angeles, CA. These not-to-be-missed concerts will highlight four decades of the band’s music. Tickets for the RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR are now on sale in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

Over the course of their amazing career, Rush has lived a lifetime together, providing an influential soundtrack to many of their fans’ lives. Some have been with them since the start, while others have discovered them along the way and delved into their incredible body of work.

To quote Dave Grohl from their momentous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
“Rush built their following the right way. No hype, no bullshit, they did it from the ground up. Their legacy is incredible and their influence undeniable.”

After 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums—Rush is ready to celebrate with the most loyal fans in the world by embarking on their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude. Celebrate four decades of music with three incredible musicians—all in 1 night.

Rush’s vast catalogue includes such classics as 1974’s self-titled debut, 1976’s 2112, 1981’s Moving Pictures, 1996’s Test For Echo, and 2002’s Vapor Trails. Rush released their 20th studio album,Clockwork Angels in 2012 via Anthem/Roadrunner Records. The critically acclaimed collection marked their first studio recording since 2007’s Snakes & Arrows, and debuted at #1 in Canada and #2 on the Billboard 200 matching the highest chart debut of the band’s career. Known for their energetic live shows, the most recent Rush release was the R40 collector’s boxset including live footage spanning all four decades of the trio’s career, including over two hours of unreleased material and a rare performance of the seven-part version of “2112” packaged in an impressive 52-page hardcover book.

Their longevity has served a pop culture renaissance, with the band’s rare television appearance —their first in over 30 years—on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, tributes on South Park and a memorable cameo in the film I Love You, Man. A live review from their most recent Clockwork Angels tour boasted “the power-trio interplay could put guys half their age in the burn ward,” while The Globe And Mail declared Rush as “one of the few bands anywhere that just keeps getting better.” A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.”

Rush have been recognized with eight Juno Awards and seven GRAMMY® nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage that also won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. The band members were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, made Officers of the Order of Canada in 1996, and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. They have received a star on both Canada’s Walk of Fame (1999) and Hollywood Walk of Fame (2010). In 2012, Rush were bestowed with the highest artistic honour in Canada when receiving the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. To the elation of their fans, Rush were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Tickets for the RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR are now on sale in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Exclusive Rush ticket packages are available—please visit vipnation.com for package details.