John Malcolm Penn follows his previous Blue Night Records release (Hangtown Fry) with yet another gem, Driftin' River. Once more this California-based songwriter has put together a collection of original tunes that cements his reputation as a serious storyteller. On this musical outing, we get a further glimpse into the folksy and homespun world of Mr. Penn. He played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and wrote all the songs. These real-life stories and tributes, with musical notes attached, are not only entertaining, but thought-provoking as well. Driftin' River also contains several instrumentals that are a real plus, and serve to keep the mood rolling. So we invite you to drift along with this exciting new release from Blue Night Records, as John Malcolm Penn takes you on another journey of the heart.
STEVE SPURGIN'S "Folk Remedies" has been released. It is now available from Elderly Instruments (Elderly.com), and copies in disc and download formats will very soon be available from CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, and other conventional retail and electronic outlets.Pre-release orders are now available from Elderly Instruments (Elderly.com), and post-release copies and downloads will soon be offered by CDBaby, Amazon.com, and many other conventional retail outlets. We recorded it at The Parlor Studio in Nashville (thanks again to engineer John Saylor for a great job), with the able assistance of Jim Hurst (guitar) and Missy Raines (upright bass). Mixing and mastering were done by Eric Uglum at New Wine Sound Studio in Apple Valley, California (thanks Eric --- you went above and beyond).
This man is a journeyman folk singer. He has a beautiful voice and is a gifted songwriter. From the hundreds of songs he sent us, we selected twelve. Each is a gem. I guess we “rediscovered” John in some ways, and we’re just amazed that the world has not yet had the pleasure of experiencing his genius. For “Hangtown Fry” John wrote all the songs, sang all the parts, and played all the instruments. Welcome to Blue Night Records, John. We’re very proud you’re with us.
DAN CRARY and THUNDERATION is Dan's newest sound fusion ensemble, and the amazing music just keeps flowing. This time Dan has partnered with long time friend and musical comrade, singer/songwriter Steve Spurgin, as well as power hitters Don Stiernberg (mandolin), John Reischman (mandolin), and Keith Little (banjo, mandolin). Also adding sparkle and creativity are the up and coming Luke Dewhirst (banjo) and Martin Stevens (fiddle). The approach is fresh, yet remains fully grounded in American roots music. “PERFECT STORM” is simply Dan Crary at his best.
Acclaimed solo outing from bluegrass veteran and former Byron Berline & California member Spurgin, with a handpicked slate of all-star studio buddies: Dobro ace Rob Ickes, Swiss luminaries Uwe and Jens Kruger, mandolinist Adam Steffey and bassist Rusty Holloway. Ten Spurgin originals plus John Malcolm Penn's "Sasquatch" and Gordon Lightfoot's "Song for a Winter's Night".
An all acoustic, all instrumental collection of swing classics featuring improvisational interplay among mandolin, guitar and upright bass --- all played by recognized masters of their instruments: Don Stiernberg - mandolin; Jeff Jenkins - Guitar, Rusty Holloway, double bass.
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