Bette Smith “Shackle & Chain” (Fat Possum)
Ezra Furman “Love You So Bad” (PIAS)
Jack Johnson “Big Sur” (Brushfire/Republic)
Mimicking Birds “Another Time” (Glacial Pace)
Pussy Riot “Police State” (Independent)
Rich Kruger Life Ain’t That Long (Independent)
FMQB 2017-18 Reporting Schedule
Triple A’s last reporting week of 2017 at FMQB will be the reports of December 4-5, 2017. The first chart week of 2018 will be January 8-9, with the site opening at 8 a.m. EST on Friday, January 5. Have a great Holiday Season!
Boulder 2018 Dates Announced
The dates have been announced for the 2018 edition of the FMQB Triple A Conference and registration is now open! Once again, between August 8-11, 2018, the Conference will take place at Boulder, CO’s St. Julien Hotel & Spa, with the evening shows moving over to the venerable Fox Theatre. This marks the 27th year Triple A has been in Boulder at the Fox, the 26th year there has been an official convention, and the 12th year it has been held at the St. Julien. Pre-Registration is now available for only $225 through December 31 at registration.fmqb.com. You can also take advantage of special FMQB rates at the St. Julien, starting at $239/night, by either calling the St. Julien at (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB or by going to https://www.phgsecure.com/IBE/bookingRedirect.ashx?propertyCode=DENSJ&group=GRPFMQ&arrivalDate=08-08-2018&numberOfAdults=1 and booking online.
Compass Buys Red House
Compass Records Group has announced the addition of Red House Records to its label family. Red House, the 34-year-old St Paul, MN based imprint, is an iconic brand in Americana and Folk music and has been home to a long list of cornerstone artists of the genre, including The Wailin’ Jennys, John Gorka, The Cactus Blossoms, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Eliza Gilkyson, Lucy Kaplansky, Robin and Linda Williams, and Greg Brown, the legendary Iowa-based singer/songwriter whose debut album launched the label.
Compass co-founders Alison Brown and Garry West first met Red House founder, Bob Feldman at a conference in 1995 in the early days of their label. Both were struck by his transparency and willingness to share his inside knowledge of the business, and over the next 10-years their mentoring relationship evolved into a mutual friendship, with Feldman and West often serving as an advisor and sounding board for each other.
West said, “When we first launched Compass we were really learning the business from the ground up. Of all the people from whom we would seek advice, Bob was always the most straightforward and would tell it like it was. His support was immeasurable and we were extremely grateful for his willingness to take us under his wing. I have to admit it gave me a great feeling of accomplishment when, over time, Bob started calling me to compare notes.”
Adds Brown, “It is incredibly meaningful to us to be able to carry Red House’s legacy into the future. We are really excited to work with such a fine roster of artists and are committed to keeping Red House’s brand of folk and Americana music alive.”
Since Feldman’s death in 2006, his widow, Beth Friend, has been overseeing Red House operations. “It was time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life, and I believe Compass is the place for Red House Records to continue to grow and flourish.”
Musicares, All-Star Lineup To Honor Fleetwood Mac
John Legend, Lorde, OneRepublic, Harry Styles, Haim and Keith Urban will perform at the 2018 MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Fleetwood Mac on January 26. Fleetwood Mac themselves will close the evening’s performances. More guest performers will be announced by the Recording Academy shortly.
Fleetwood Mac is the first band to be honored as the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year and will be celebrated “for their extraordinary creative accomplishments and significant charitable work.” Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.
The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is held during Grammy Week and was last held in New York City in 2003. The celebration culminates with the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, January 28, 2018, which will air that night on CBS.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Soul of a Woman
Wild And Reckless
Undercover Vol. 2
War on Drugs
A Deeper Understanding
Undivided Heart & Soul
Sleep Well Beast
Songs Of Experience
Hiss Golden Messenger
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Lotta Sea Lice