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12. August 2018

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11. August 2018

Ex-Silos mastermind WALTER SALAS-HUMARA rocks again on Walterio !


For years, Walter Salas-Humara has split his time between making music and visual art, so it’s not surprising that Walterio, his new release on Blue Rose Records, contains rich imagery — both lyrically and on its cover. But one of the strongest images it evokes actually comes from the music itself, which might be described as the sonic equivalent of a tree — a rock ’n’ roll family tree. Salas-Humara was made in Cuba but born in America (the album’s title is his Hispanic nickname). He spent a good chunk of his Florida childhood studying drums, which, of course, led to teenage rock ’n’ roll bands.

Tracks such as “Here We Go,” “She’s a Caveman” and “Out of the Band” can trace lineage back to The Silos, the still-kicking band Salas-Humara co-founded in New York’s post-punk ’80s scene. Playing alt-country before anyone called it that, they were named „Best New Artist“ in the 1987 Rolling Stone Critics Poll— which temporarily deep-sixed Salas-Humara’s art-career plans.

Walter Salas-Humara joined Blue Rose in 2001 with the Silos album Laser Beam Next Door and has released another eight albums on the label since then. With five records by The Silos and four under his own name Walterio marks the 10th release in seventeen years!

31. Juli 2018

CODY CANADA & THE DEPARTED are back with their 4th album and they call it 3 !?!

Since the demise of Cross Canadian Ragweed in 2010, their mastermind Cody Canada has made some efforts to move on from the band’s glorious past and discover new ground. With The Departed he released three varied albums between 2011 and 2015 – but now he has decided to get back to exactly the type of music that brought him the most fun and success. Between 2002 and 2006 Cross Canadian Ragweed were the red dirt band to take note of. That band’s name will certainly stay in Oklahoma’s music history books. Now, the new album by Cody Canada & The Departed is entitled 3 which is somewhat surprising given that it’s their 4th release. The title indicates that the former quintet and quartet is now down to a trio. This power trio in every sense of the word delivers 14 tracks with great variety and a great, tailor-made sound.


Cross Canadian Ragweed embodied the sound and attitude of the Oklahoma/Texas red dirt scene like no other band. Their (red) dirty mix of guitar-driven country, Southern rock, singer-songwriter sounds, heartland rock & boogie was irresistible and highly successful. Between 1998 and 2009 they released ten albums some of which reached the Billboard top ten! Their concerts from San Francisco to NYC, New Orleans to Chicago were often sold out and the band achieved almost legendary status in their home region of Stillwater, Oklahoma and later anywhere between Austin and New Braunfels, Texas. However, it all became a little too much for bandleader Cody Canada and he pulled the plug on the band in 2010. Only to return from the ashes with a new band shortly thereafter.

The newly-born Departed were signed by Blue Rose without hesitation. Their first sign of life was This Is Indian Land in 2011, a colossal homage to their Oklahoma forebears Leon Russell, J.J. Cale, Bob Childers, Tom Skinner and others. Their second release Adventus (Blue Rose, 2012) was a pretty radical step away from red dirt, Texas rock and Americana – unbending electric rock’n’roll, a kind of Southern hard rock, brilliantly played but perhaps – at least for Ragweed fans – a little short on soul. In spite of an innovative spirit, an experimental mindset and a love for challenges, Canada felt like a stranger in his own band. The next album HippieLovePunk (Blue Rose, 2015) had a warmer, rootsier sound with a hint of a psychedelic “garage” vibe. 2013 saw the release of a Cody Canada live double album Some Old, Some New, Maybe A Cover Or Two, yet another live double album came out in 2015: Chip & Ray – Together Again For The First Time with Mike McClure his former mentor and something of a godfather of the red dirt scene. In 2016 Canada’s longtime friend and bass player took on frontman duties on the country album In Retrospect, released by Jeremy Plato & The Departed.


And now, after a period of self-rediscovery, Cody Canada returns to the spirit of Cross Canadian Ragweed with new material and a trio formation that sees him play all kinds of guitars, as well as piano, organ and harmonica. We also hear his raspy inimitable voice again. Jeremy Plato is still irreplaceable on bass. On drums we find a well-known name from the Okie scene: Eric Hansen who has played with everyone from Jimmy LaFave, Bob Childers, Greg Jacobs to Stoney LaRue as well as in the Mike McClure band in the last twenty years. Speaking of McClure: For the first time in The Departed‘s history Cody Canada is collaborating with his right-hand man for almost all of CCR’s output. McClure’s involvement is deep: He acts as producer, co-writer on a number of songs and contributor of various guitars and backing vocals. Joe Hardy, another familiar collaborator, mixed the album. It’s exactly this feeling of loyalty and friendship that permeates the entire 3 project.

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26. Juli 2018

General Store new arrivals week 26-30/2018

20. Juli 2018

Today is the release of the last two BRANDOS re-issue albums!

Live At Loreley
Live At Loreley
CD
€ 9,90
Blue Rose Records will be releasing the entire pre-Blue Rose catalog of the Brandos on CD, vinyl and digitally! The first batch of three CDs will be out on May 25, followed by another three on June 22 plus two more on July 20 . Vinyl copies will be available in September.

THE BRANDOS owe their name to their love of Marlon Brando. Their fans know them as one of the most vital American live rock bands of the 20th century’s final decades. THE BRANDOS, known for timeless classics like “The Solution” and “Gettysburg” and their straight and true rock sound, were founded in 1986 with the line-up of David Kincaid (voc, g, mand, banjo), Ed Rupprecht (g), Larry Mason (dr) and Ernie Mendillo (b, voc) in New York City.

The compilation Contribution – The Best Of 1985-1999, originally released in 1999, covers an almost fifteen year career with fourteen songs from the to that date released five studio albums plus two previously unissued tracks, „Hallowed Ground“ and „My Way To You“.

In the summer of 1999 the Brandos did another European tour with the line-up Dave Kincaid (voc, g, mandolin), Ernie Mendillo (b, voc), Frank Giordano (g, voc) and Tom Engels (dr, voc). One of the anchor dates the four piece played a outdoor festival for German TV show „Rockpalast“ at Loreley on July 9th. The set included nine songs, two more live tracks have been added to the disc: „I Got It“, a Little Richard cover, was recorded at the Stadtfest in Bremen, Germany in 1987, another one in 1998 at the Kongresshalle in Gießen, also in Germany.
Live at Loreley was only available at Dave Kincaid’s label Haunted Field Music and sold out pretty fast. For the first time it’s not only issued on a European label but also as digital edition.

20. Juli 2018

Vinyl! Vinyl!! Vinyl!!!

15. Juli 2018

Blue Rose Nuggets Vol. 89 now available for only 5 € or for free!

Number 89 of the Blue Rose mailorder exclusive CD series „Blue Rose Nuggets“ leads us way back to the years 1996 and 1997 with songs from albums by Lisa Mednick, The Shines, Rainravens, Coxswain, The Schramms or George Usher among others. The CD is also featuring new tracks from I See Hawks In L.A., Cody Canada & The Departed, Walter Salas-Humara and the Black Sorrows.

You can buy the CD for either 5,00 € or you’ll get it for free if your order contains four and more items!

Tracklist:
1. George Usher – Railroaded / taken from the album „Miracle School“ (BLU CD0039)
2. Shakin‘ Apostles – Wild Wild West / taken from the album „Austin, Texas“ (BLU CD0036)
3. Jeff Crosby – Hearts Too Heavy / taken from the album „Postcards From Magdalena“ (BLU DP0715)
4. The Saints – Something, Somewhere, Sometime / taken from the album „Howling“ (BLU CD0029)
5. Coxswain – Relief / taken from the album „Sunflower“ (BLU CD0032)
6. I See Hawks In L.A. – Ballad For The Trees / taken from the album „Live And Never Learn“ (BLU DP0719)
7. The Schramms – Heal Me Now / taken from the album „Dizzy Spell“ (BLU CD0038)
8. I See Hawks In L.A. – White Cross / taken from the album „Live And Never Learn“ (BLU DP0719)
9. The Shines – Highway 51 / taken from the album „Last Gospel“ (BLU CD0025)
10. Lisa Mednick – The Lay Of The Land / taken from the album „Artifacts Of Love“ (BLU CD0023)
11. Rainravens – Trust The Whole World / taken from the album „Rainravens“ (BLU DP0024)
12. Cody Canada & The Departed – Satellites And Meteors / taken from the album „3“ (BLU DP0723)
13. Wooden Leg – Champaign / taken from the album „Wooden Leg“ (BLU CD0035)
14. Walter Salas-Humara – El Camino De Oro / taken from the album „Walterio“ (BLU DP0721)
15. Robyn Habel – In The Beginning / taken from the album „Red“ (BLU CD0040)

29. Juni 2018

After tough times, I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. are back with their eighth studio album, Live And Never Learn!

I See Hawks in L.A. soared relatively trouble free for the first decade of their existence, but in 2018 they’re emerging from a string of confrontations with mortality, life choices, and the slow leakage of youthful possibility. It’s been almost 17 years since the release of their eponymous debut – on September 11, 2001. They didn’t get rich, they didn’t get famous, and yet they’re still here, perhaps benefitting artistically from the rocky passage. The rich flavor of battered soul. It’s clear these Hawks are in it for the music, for each other, and for the adventure of it all.


Live and Never Learn is the first new Hawks album since 2013’s Mystery Drug. It’s been five hard years. In March of 2015, member Rob Waller lost his mother suddenly to pancreatic cancer, and Paul Lacques lost both his parents this past year. Most of the songs on Live and Never Learn were written and recorded while they were dealing with these primal griefs, as well as other personal battles dire but with better outcomes. From the Hawks to those who have lost parents: „Now we understand.“

Loving families, good friends, and making music helped get the band through those times, personally and artistically. The Waller/Lacques songwriting is augmented here with contributions from Hawks bassist Paul Marshall and drummer Victoria Jacobs. One song, the rocking „King of the Rosemead Boogie,“ features twisted lyrical and spiritual contributions by members of Old Californio.

Two songs, „White Cross“ and „Singing in the Wind,“ were co-written via email with Peter Davies of the U.K.’s Good Intentions, and feature the Hawks‘ signature electric sounds of reverby Telecaster, thumping Fender bass, and tight harmonies, while the lyrics take listeners from the backstreets of Memphis to the windswept moors of Northern Ireland.

„Last Man in Tujunga“ brings us back home to the more familiar geography of smoky Southern California hills. The song, written by the Hawks some years back, tells the story of a breakup unfolding over a cell phone call as the flames get closer. Its appearance here is all the more appropriate and timely, as Marshall was forced to evacuate his Tujunga home twice in the fall of 2017. He was „almost out of minutes“ as the „flames were licking at the gates.“

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22. Juni 2018

Three more re-issues of THE BRANDOS on Blue Rose available now!

Blue Rose Records will be releasing the entire pre-Blue Rose catalog of the Brandos on CD, vinyl and digitally! The first batch of three CDs will be out on May 25, followed by another three on June 22 plus two more on July 20 . Vinyl copies will be available in September.

THE BRANDOS owe their name to their love of Marlon Brando. Their fans know them as one of the most vital American live rock bands of the 20th century’s final decades. THE BRANDOS, known for timeless classics like “The Solution” and “Gettysburg” and their straight and true rock sound, were founded in 1986 with the line-up of David Kincaid (voc, g, mand, banjo), Ed Rupprecht (g), Larry Mason (dr) and Ernie Mendillo (b, voc) in New York City.

Before the recording of Pass The Hat started Rupprecht, Mason and Scott Kempner had left the band and were replaced by Frank Funaro (dr, Del Lords) und Frank Giordano (g). The „rough and powerful masterpiece“ (German music magazine „ME/Sounds“) again contained lots of rock hymns with highlights like the folky „Tell Her That I Love Her“, the title track „Pass The Hat“ or „You’ll Still Be Mine“. The album also features four songs („German Skies“, „Let The Teardrop Fall“, „The Siege“ and „The Other Side“) from the unreleased album Trail By Fire and have been re-recorded for Pass The Hat.
The re-issue contains the ten original songs plus three bonustracks which haven’t been available on any regular Brandos album before („Union Dixie/Gettysburg“, „Green River“ and an acoustic version of „We Are No Man“).

Featuring the line-up Dave Kincaid, Ernie Mendillo, Frank Giordano und Frank Funaro, in October 1998 the album Nowhere Zone had been released. It was a return to the „true American rock music“ (press release) and contained the remaining six tracks from the unreleased album Trail By Fire.
The re-issue contains the ten original songs plus three bonustracks which haven’t been available on any regular Brandos album before („Twenty Flight Rock“, an Eddie Cochran cover, the Chuck Berry song „Have Love Will Travel“ and the John Fogerty tune „Sinister Purpose“.

The voice of Dan Kincaid was always compared to John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival and the catching live document In Exile – Live sounds exactly like one of the best American bands from the 60s. The album which contains 18 tracks was recorded with the line-up Dave Kincaid, Ernie Mendillo, Scott Kempner and Frank Funaro on December 20th and 21st, 1994 in Amsterdam and Utrecht (The Netherlands) and contains songs from the band’s studio albums plus the traditional „The Recruiting Sergeant“.

29. Mai 2018

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