Music update: Tom Russell with Calexico, Iveys go national, Coma girls return
Tom Russell returns to Las Cruces' Rio Grande Theater for the third straight year on Nov. 7.
There's no ticket details yet, but the highly regarded singer-songwriter and El Paso transplant has recorded a new album, "Blood and Candle Smoke," at Tucson's Wave Lab studios.
It's the same place where Neko Case and Iron & Wine have recorded, and something of a studio home for that city's Calexico, whose members back Russell on the new CD.
It's due Sept. 15 on Shout! Factory, the same label that issued the retrospective, "Veterans Day: The Tom Russell Anthology," last fall.
In a press release from Shore Fire Media, Bruce Springsteen's PR people, Russell said he decided to check out Craig Schumacher's Wave Lab studio after hearing Calexico on the soundtrack of the Bob Dylan movie "I'm Not There."
"The ones that really stood out to me were the ones backed by Calexico. I thought, how great is that —you' ve got a new kind of world/mariachi sound but the great writing of Bob Dylan. ...So I did more research and I found that a lot of the records Calexico, Neko Case and others were making came out of this one studio in Tucson called Wave Lab," he said in a press release. "I went in there for two weeks and sat on a stool and sang everything live with my guitar, and they built it around that."
The tour that brings him back to Cruces opens Sept. 18 in Albuquerque and runs through Dec. 16 in Seattle. Russell also plans to return to Italy for a few shows in late July.
Here's a list of the songs on the album, a couple of which you can check out on his MySpace site.
1. East Of Woodstock, West Of Viet Nam
2. Santa Ana Wind 3. Nina Simone 4. Criminology 5. Crosses Of San Carlos 6. Finding You 7. Mississippi River Runnin' Backwards 8. The Most Dangerous Woman In America 9. Don' t Look Down 10. Guadalupe 11. American Rivers 12. Darkness Visible
Russell's one of the more highly regarded songwriters in the contemporary folk/Americana/Western mold, so the fact that he's getting help from one of the country's bigger music PR firms makes sense.
But up-and-coming Tornillo sibling trio the Iveys, whose self-titled debut sounds like a cross between Rob Thomas and Fleetwood Mac, are getting a little help from another music public relations company, New York's Michael J. Media, which sent out a national press release announcing their Sonic Ranch-recorded CD (the studio's owner, Tony Rancich, is one of their managers).
The group's new video for "Back When It Was Our World" was shown on E! News on June 15. It will be part of the on-demand programming on Fuse TV, which has selected Arlen, Jillian and Jessica Ivey as its "unsigned artist of the month" for July.
I'm telling ya, big things are going to happen to the trio.
Speaking of Sonic Ranch, Girl in a Coma's "Trio B.C." CD, recorded at the Tornillo studio last year, was released June 2 on Joan Jett's Blackheart label. It was produced by Sleepercar's Gabe Gonzalez, Greg Collins, who's worked with U2 and No Doubt, and Jett with Kenny Laguna.
The San Antonio trio are currently on tour, including a July 25 show at Zeppelin's Underground with Ledeswan.
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