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01. Juni 2018

Blue Rose Nuggets Vol. 88 now available for only 5 € or for free!

Number 88 of the Blue Rose mailorder-only series Blue Rose Nuggets again contains songs from current Blue Rose releases (Luke Gasser, I See Hawks In L.A.), numerous tracks of the over 600 Blue Rose catalog titles plus a video of trhe Brandos sond „What Kind Of A World“.

1. Cowboy Mouth – Man On The Run / taken from the album „It Means Escape“ (BLU CD0010)
2. Dashboard Saviors – Consummation / taken from the album „Kitty“ (BLU CD0018)
3. Stoney LaRue – Box #10 / taken from the album „Us Time“ (BLU DP0672)
4. US Rails – Poor Poor Pitiful Me / taken from the album „We Have All Been Here Before“ (BLU DP0704)
5. Chris Burroughs – Rules Of The World / taken from the album „Clutter“ (BLU CD0021)
6. Desert Boot – Cry Alone / taken from the album „First Steps“ (BLU CD0014)
7. Yardsale – Been Hell On Me / taken from the album „Yardsale“ (BLU CD0019)
8. I See Hawks In L.A. – White Cross / taken from the album „Live And Never Learn“ (BLU DP0719)
9. Matthew Ryan – Close Your Eyes / taken from the album „Hustle Up Starlings“ (BLU CD0701)
10. Jupiter Coyote – Drew’s Theme / taken from the album „Lucky Day“ (BLU CD0013)
11. Tony Furtado – Broken Bell / taken from the album „The Bell (BLU DP0663)
12. The Pride – I’m / taken from the album „Lipstick Traces“ (BLU DP0022)
13. William Harries Graham – Mystical Ways / taken from the album „Foreign Fields“ (BLU DP0685)
14. Luke Gasser – The Judas Tree / taken from the album „The Judas Tree“ (BLU DP0718)
15. The Brandos – What Kind Of A World (MPEG Video Clip) / taken from the album „Los Brandos“ (BLU DP0670)

29. Mai 2018

First three albums of THE BRANDOS now re-issued on CD!

Honor Among Thieves
Honor Among Thieves
€ 9,90
Gunfire At Midnight
Gunfire At Midnight
€ 9,90
The Light Of Day
The Light Of Day
€ 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 August.

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.

In October 1986 the band went in the studio to record the album Honor Among Thieves.The album spent 19 weeks in the Billboard charts and peaked at No.108 in late October. During this period, the band began touring the U.S. and Europe, opening for well-known bands such as The Georgia Satellites, INXS, The Cars and The Alarm. Their first video was released and was placed in medium rotation on MTV. The favorable reviews began to pour in: the Gavin Report dubbed them „Best new American band“, Rolling Stone magazine ran a full-page story describing them as „Real contenders“, and Time magazine clinched it with their quote „The Brandos‘ roots run deep and offer great nourishment“. In early 1988, the band won Best Album (Independent Label), and Kincaid was honored with Best Male Vocalist (Independent Label) at the New York Music Awards.

The year 1991 was spent writing and recording new material for a new album that would become Gunfire at Midnight, which would land a contract with SPV GmbH in Germany in the spring of 1992. Two singles from the album (‚The Solution‘ and ‚The Keeper‘) would reach the top 100 in the Netherlands. Extensive touring in Europe would follow, solidifying the band’s fan base even further, however Rupprecht and Mason decided to leave the band in 1993.

Ed Rupprecht left the band during the recording sessions for the band’s third album, and The Light Of Day was finished with the help of a few friends, especially ex-Del Lords members Scott Kempner (guitar, vocals) and Frank Funaro (drums, vocals). They filled out the live band, and an extensive European tour followed.

04. Mai 2018

Welcome to the Blue Rose family: JEFF CROSBY!

Born and raised in Idaho, JEFF CROSBY has been sharing his unique perspective of Americana throughout the US and beyond for the past decade. His songs and stories paint a picture of the hardships and beauty of being raised and living in small town America, to five years living in a shoe box apartment off Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles CA. Then traveling and living on the road playing 250 shows a year. Though recently making the move to Nashville TN, Jeff continues to spend majority of his time touring the country.

After spending the last two years splitting his time between playing guitar for Widespread Panic songwriter Jerry Joseph and performing with his own band, The Refugees, Jeff hit the studio to record his fourth full length album, Postcards From Magdalena. These new songs were inspired by the places and cultures Crosby experienced while traveling and touring across the U.S., Iceland, the U.K., Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua, and Alaska.

Postcards From Magdalena was produced and engineered in Portland, OR by Gregg Williams (Dandy Worhals, Blitzen Trapper, Pete Droge, Jesse Malin) and Geoff Piller in Nashville, TN.

26. April 2018

Finally available again – incl. bonustracks: STACIE COLLINS‘ debut album from 2000!

She’s a favorite of Dan Baird, a Chuck ’n’ duck rocker who took the Georgia Satellites to chart-topping heights. She’s a favorite of Warner E. Hodges and Jason Ringenberg of Jason & the Scorchers, who invented country-punk music. Her husband, co-writer, and producer, Al Collins, plays bass these days for the Scorchers, but Scorcher-dom isn’t cause for fandom.

Warner and Jason don’t like STACIE COLLINS ‘cause she’s related. They like her ‘cause she’s badass.

The transition from the nice looking country girl to the „Harp Howlin‘ Twang Bangin_ Rock’n’Roller“ happened sometime between the self-titled debut album from 2000 and the follow-up Lucky Spot. A seven year gap was between these two releases, a very important part of that musical transition played the before-mentioned Dan Baird who not only had produced Lucky Spot but also Collins‘ third album Sometimes Ya Gotta from 2010.

A sympathetic shadow of the young Emmylou Harris is laying over all the twelve debut album tracks from 2000 which were written with husband Al Collins. The album was released independently and soon became a collectors item. Now, eighteen years after the initial release, a new edition is available with all the original songs plus seven previously unreleased alternate versions.

14. März 2018

Welcome to the Blue Rose family: NORA JANE STRUTHERS!

Great vulnerability is often part and parcel of great artistry. The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners‘ lives are usually the ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear. Nora Jane Struthers‚ new album Champion is built on these kinds of songs.

The 13-song collection is the follow-up to 2015’s Wake, which earned Struthers acclaim from major outlets like NPR Music, Rolling Stone Country, and „Fresh Air.“ Struthers wrote and recorded the album with her longtime road band the Party Line, and the chemistry between her and the other players is palpable. The album, produced by Neilson Hubbard in Nashville, is full to the brim with stellar musicianship, unexpected arrangements that blur the lines between folk, roots, and rock, and an audible sense that everyone in the studio is having a damn good time.

Where Wake explored themes like new love and new beginnings, Champion finds Struthers documenting the trials and tribulations of adult life; decrying the increasingly intrusive nature of technology; and plainly laying out the struggles faced by a young woman grappling with infertility.

„I’m 33 and want to start a family, but when I was 18 I was diagnosed with a condition called premature ovarian failure,“ she explains. „I’ve known for a long time that I’m going to have to find other ways to have kids. A lot of the songs on the album are about my personal fertility quest.“

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28. Februar 2018

THE HIGH LINE RIDERS return with their second Blue Rose album Walking Home!

It doesn’t always have to take forever … A mere three years after the surprising return of his band The High Line Riders with Bumping Into Nothing, their mastermind Ed Pettersen presents us with Walking Home, an equally excellent successor. It’s a classy, timeless mix of handmade rock’n’roll, dynamic country rock and heartfelt folk roots numbers – an immensely listenable musical gumbo that will excite 70ies retro fans as well as current Americana listeners. Ed Pettersen: „artist, writer, producer“ is what it says on his website. These three simple words cannot encompass the multitude of activities Pettersen is involved in. The High Line Riders are just one of many projects in the 50-something’s career – but they are currently his most important project, the one he has most fun with, the one he pours his heart out in. You can hear it in every note and every riff of Walking Home.

Ed Pettersen, born of Norwegian descent in New York City, started his musical career in the mid-90s as a folkie singer-songwriter, inspired by the outlaw country music his parents had listened to and self-found idols like Pete Townshend and Paul Westerberg as well as Bruce Springsteen, Oasis and Steve Earle. When his debut album Desperate Times was released in 1995, he was already friends with The Brandos and The Del-Lords, two of the hottest NYC acts at the time. In 1997 the High Line Riders broke through with the much-lauded album Somewhere South Of Here. Since Pettersen’s health issues didn’t allow him to tour much then, the High Line Riders era ended quickly.

At the start of the new century he moved to Nashville, played pop rock with The Strangelys and revisited early, partially unreleased material. Additionally, Pettersen contributed to tribute albums for Waylon Jennings and Uncle Tupelo. In 2006 he was materially involved – as producer and musician – with the epochal three-CD project Songs Of America which dealt with 500 years of American history with participation by John Mellencamp, Blind Boys Of Alabama, The Black Crowes, The Mavericks, Andrew Bird, Old Crow Medicine Show and more. This project alone brought him more recognition than his entire previous output. Riding this wave he released his first album of new material in 2007 with The New Punk Blues Of … – exquisite, handmade, self-penned tracks between urban folk and songwriter rock.

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18. Februar 2018

The train keeps a-rollin‘ – US RAILS realize: We Have All Been Here Before!

Almost a decade ago five musician friends decided to start a band in addition to their long-lasting solo careers because they were convinced it could grow into something big. By now US RAILS have established themselves as classic Blue Rose artists, they are about to release their fifth album, We Have All Been Here Before. The album differs quite a bit from its predecessors US Rails (2010), Southern Canon (2011), Heartbreak Superstar (2013) and Ivy (2017). What does a band do when they are about to go on tour and would like to present a new album but do not have enough new songs? Exactly, they look for fitting songs by other songwriters and record a covers album. This approach isn’t always successful but the song selections and arrangements by Tom Gillam, Ben Arnold, Scott Bricklin and Matt Muir work like gangbusters! All four of them cherry-picked their songs and interpreted them as if they were original compositions.

Since Joseph Parsons‘ departure two years ago, three otherwise independent artists – Ben Arnold (Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Vocals), Scott Bricklin (Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) and Tom Gillam (Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Slide Guitar, Banjo, Vocals) – plus drummer Matt Muir are US Rails, a combo not unlike CSNY or the Traveling Wilburys. US Rails are direct successors of Philadelphia’s „4 Way Street“.

We Have All Been Here Before contains a delightful mix of well-known and lesser-known gems from rock and pop history. It’s legitimate to assume that „Poor Poor Pitiful Me“ by Warren Zevon, „So Into You“ by the Atlanta Rhythm Section or the old blues number „I’d Rather Be (Blind, Crippled & Crazy)“, recently rejuvenated by the Derek Trucks Band, were picked by Tom Gillam – they seem to fit right into his wheelhouse. Ben Arnold sings lead on Neil Young’s „Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere“ and „Put The Message In The Box“ by Karl Wallinger’s band World Party – a clear indicator as to who picked these songs. Scott Bricklin is a declared Beatles fan – „You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away“ may very well have been his suggestion. Matt Muir is not only a great drummer, he also has a beautiful singing voice that he lends to „Second Hand News“ from Fleetwood Mac’s classic album Rumours and to album closer „Running On Empty“ by Jackson Browne.

Each member of US Rails is a great songwriter – they don’t have to prove it with every album. We Have All Been Here Before is a beautifully fresh-sounding in-between record to shorten the wait for the next album with original songs.

25. Januar 2018

We are starting the Blue Rose releases in 2018 with a very fine piece of work – MARKUS RILL and Getting Into Trouble!

After 20 years of making records – „20 years of gunslinging“ as he calls it – MARKUS RILL feels like it’s the right time for „a gift to the people who enjoy my music and to myself“. Getting Into Trouble is his first double album and it delivers ample proof why he is considered a stellar songwriter and Europe’s finest Americana artist.

CD 1 features eleven new songs with all of Rill’s trademark strengths: raspy, captivating vocals and wide-ranging sounds from driving roots rock to thoughtful acoustic numbers, from pristine bluegrass to the dirty blues. Rill’s lyrics are fresh, insightful and infused with laconic poetry whether he portrays a New Orleans stripper or a young girl about to make a choice, whether he pays homage to fiddle great Vassar Clements, ruminates on a childhood friend gone bad or love’s travails from the unlikely perspective of Henry VIII. Great musicians from Nashville, Australia, Seattle and Germany perform these songs with creativity and energy, supplying them with great heft.
„A little bit of house-cleaning“ is how Rill describes the album with a wry smile. „After twenty years I felt like revisiting and updating a few of my early songs and recording some songs and co-writes I’d been saving for a special occasion or that took a while for me to figure out how to do,“ Rill says. „I think all of them are well suited to hold up the next twenty years.“
Needless to point out, the veteran artist now has a much clearer vision of what his songs need than he did as a young upstart in the 90s.
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18. November 2017

MATTHEW RYAN returns with another rocking album on Hustle Up Starlings!

Blessed with a particularly attractive rasp of a voice, singer-songwriter and rock’n’roller MATTHEW RYAN is out to excite his fans and well-informed critics with his brand new Blue Rose album Hustle Up Starlings. It’s a powerful comeback album and follow-up to the much-lauded Boxers, released in 2014, also on the label located in the South of Germany. Hustle Up Starlings is Ryan’s 13th release since his debut album May Day in 1997 announced him as one of the most promising acts in the Springsteen-meets-Westerberg-folk-rock-songwriter camp.

If you go back to reading the accolades that practically every Matthew Ryan album received, it seems hard to grasp why he hasn’t broken through on a bigger scale yet. Even in 2017 Matthew Ryan should be a household name when it comes to moving, hand-made, intelligent, accessible Americana rock delivered in a very special sandstone voice.
Is Hustle Up Starlings another critics‘ darling that’s going to earn rave reviews and make it onto year-end favorites lists – or could it possibly achieve more? The conditions seem right for a success story.

Born and raised on the US East Coast (Pennsylvania, Delaware) Matthew Ryan moved into the East Nashville indie scene in the mid-90s. His first, promising albums May Day (97) and East Autumn Grin (2000) were released by a major label (A&M) before the record industry’s situation changed drastically. Until 2010 Ryan released seven albums, some of them by himself, among them very well-received records like Concussion (2001), Regret Over The Wires (2003) and Matthew Ryan Vs. TheSilver State (2008). Disillusioned by unsatisfactory sales, Ryan announced that his 2012 album In The Dusk Of Everything would be his last. He left Nashville for East Pennsylvania. As luck would have it, there he met and became friends with Brian Fallon, frontman of folk/punk/indie rockband Gaslight Anthem. Soon thereafter, they started collaborating creatively.
Fallon booked Ryan to open the Gaslight Anthem tour and was happy to play guitar with him. But Ryan got inspired and started dreaming of more. In 2014 he released the terrific Boxers on Blue Rose, an album harking back to his May Day days. Produced by Kevin Salem (Dumptruck, Todd Thibaud, Freedy Johnston, Giant Sand) and featuring Salem and Fallon on electric guitars, Ryan rocked his way back into the hearts of everyone who doesn’t consider Bruce Springsteen and the Replacements, Leonard Cohen and The Jam, or Bob Dylan and The Clash mutually exclusive but drawing from the same well where rock’n’roll and the singer-songwriter spirit meet.

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06. November 2017

SUSTO – another great act by the Swedish Rootsy label!

& I'm Fine Today
SUSTO & I'm Fine Today CD
€ 14,90

Since SUSTO released their second album back home in the States in the beginning of 2017, thing’s been happening in a fast pace for the band. The album got great reviews, the band has been touring relentlessly and they’ve done several big, nationwide TV-shows, and SUSTO are no longer local, South Caroline heroes anymore, but a band breaking big in the US. And now they’re finally ready for Europe as well.

A few years back, Justin Osborne needed a break. He’d been writing music and making albums since he was 15, and by the age of 26, he felt like he was spinning his wheels. He knew he needed a change, so he ended his old band Sequoyah Prep School and moved to Cuba. He thought he might be done with music for a while, but the songs just kept coming.
„I had this idea in my mind that I was going to try and join some kind of Latin American Leftist movement. I wanted to jump off a cliff,“ Osborne says. „Once I got there I immediately started hanging out with musicians and going to shows. I started showing them the songs from this project that was kind of just an idea in my head. They were like, ‚man, don’t throw away your passport, go home and continue to make music,'“ he says. „I was encouraged by them to try again.“

Osborne was already writing the songs for what would be SUSTO’s 2014 self-titled debut when his producer Wolfgang Zimmerman introduced him to Johnny Delaware, a guitarist and songwriter who had moved to Charleston, South Carolina to make an album with the producer.

SUSTO is a Spanish word referring to a folk illness in Latin America that Osborne learned as anthropology student, meaning „when your soul is separated from your body,“ and also roughly translates to a panic attack. For Osborne, the music of SUSTO was something he had to get out into the world.

SUSTO released their debut album independently and toured relentlessly to get the word out. They were an immediate hit in their hometown, packing venues, getting airplay at all the bars and even making a fan of Band of Horses‘ Ben Bridwell. „I got an e-mail from him, telling me he loved the record and wanted to meet with me and Johnny,“ he says. „That was actually the day I wrote my professor, and I said, ‚I’m not coming in.'“

The members of the live band that Osborne and Delaware recruited – Corey Campbell (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Jenna Desmond (bass), and Marshall Hudson (drums, percussion) contributed to SUSTO’s new album & I’m Fine Today. „We just wanted to go further. We started something with the first record, and we want to keep going in that direction,“ Osborne says of the album, which finds them taking the spacey country rock of their debut into the stratosphere, piling on layers of sighing keyboards, galloping rhythms and frayed, noisy guitar solos atop wistful melodies and lyrics that examine growing up and growing into yourself. We put the first record out, and we worked hard, and it just feels like a good place to be,“ he says, noting that while the first record focused on his own struggles, & I’m Fine Today is more concerned with looking at the world beyond the struggles in your head.
„I’ve learned to appreciate the fact that I just get to be here. It’s all perspective,“ he says. „This album is about coming to terms with yourself and feeling okay with your place in the universe.“