November 2013 News
Check out PB&WPAB's appearance on Music City Roots. Look for a PBS debut next summer.
Thanks to all the folks who came out to see us on the Ballclub's recent tour of the East Coast. Philly, we hardly knew ya.
USA Today gave Fevers an exclusive preview. "Fevers moves effortlessly between vintage country, retro rock n' roll, and string band blues. Fevers is a "fevered radio station where every song sends you somewhere." Check it out here! And regard the new video for Couldn't Get A Witness below.
On September 30, Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America released Songs for a Healthier America, an innovative collaboration between musicians, physicians, public health researchers, health advocates and school-aged children designed to motivate kids to make healthier exercise and wellness choices. The album was announced on NBC's The Dr. Oz Show in June and features Paul Burch and the WPA Ballclub along with Doug E. Fresh, DMC, Artie Green, Jordin Sparks, and many others. We're very proud to be part of this excellent cause.
The WPA Ballclub's Fats Kaplin hosted a special performance at The Basement in Nashville September 17 to celebrate the release of his critically acclaimed one-two punch collection Fats Kaplin plays The Fatman Cometh and World of Wonder. These are two beautiful albums and a must for every collection. Get them while you can.
Two longtime friends of the WPAB, Mark Knopfler and bandmate and producer extraordinaire Richard Bennett have new albums out. Knopfler's Privateering was recorded at British Grove Studios where the WPA cut East to West. Bennett's fantastic For the Newly Blue was produced at George Bradfute's Tone Chapparal, the site of many WPAB sessions including "Life of A Fool" featured in David Cronenberg's History of Violence. Check 'em out. Hear Richard and George on the new WPAB album, Fevers.
Jen Gunderman, the WPAB's badass Queen of the Keys can be seen this fall on stage not only with the WPAB but also with longtime pal Sheryl Crow on keyboards, tambourine, and harmony. Jen also gets a Gold Glove as assistant producer on Still Your Man and Words of Love and the new album Fevers. Check out Sheryl and our own Fats Kaplin on CMT's Crossroads birthday salute to Willie Nelson.
Dennis Crouch, longtime WPA producer (class of 1995) and upright bassist extraordinaire was on tour this summer with the great Diana Krall in support of her new album, Glad Rag Doll, produced by T Bone Burnett. You can catch some live clips on YouTube. Dennis also helped produce the new album Fevers, out this fall.
Look for news soon on David Olney's new album, Predicting the Past, produced by Paul Burch and featuring Olney's longtime compadre Sergio Webb along with Ballclub members Fats Kaplin, Dennis Crouch, and Jen Gunderman. The album was recorded at Pan American Sound live to tape. We look forward to previewing this beautiful album soon.
Thanks to Bob Delevante, one of our favorite photographers and designers, for the beautifu pics in 2013. Bob is a hammer-strong songwriter and performer on his own and rumour has it that he might be headed to Pan American Sound studios very soon. Look for Bob's photos in our Snaps section and stay tuned for further pics, films, and clues to the new WPA Ballclub album soon. Bob's pic is also featured in USA TODAY's preview of Fevers.
Check out Chrissie Dickinson's recent feature in the Chicago Tribune on the good Dr. Ralph Stanley which features an interview with PB about recording "Little Glass of Wine" with Ralph at Studio B in Nashville. You'll also find Ralph's terrific sense of humor is intact especially when he describes touring in the early days of the Stanley Brothers. "It was harder then," said Ralph. "We have a lot better roads now. Back then we had sheep paths."
American Songwriter chose PB's "Flight to Spain" as #26 in their Best Songs of 2012. Hear "Flight to Spain" on PB's fab album with The Waco Brothers, Great Chicago Fire, on Bloodshot Records. Great Chicago Fire features songs by Jon and Dean and PB and were all arranged quickly, recorded fast, and mixed loud. Trouble your neighbors, disturb the peace, make yourself heard amongst the 99% with The Great Chicago Fire.
PB and the Waco Brothers's Great Chicago Fire is a classic slow-burn album. It started with a big spark (and was hailed by the Chicago Tribune-"If the Rolling Stones were still making great records, they would sound like this.") and has since become one of those albums that will not go quietly into that good night. Fans who caught the quintet hammering out their 3-day tour of the midwest last fall can attest to the healing powers of PBWACO rock and roll. Missed it? Fear not. The fire's not out. The kind folks at KDHX in St.Louis recorded the boys during a Sunday breakfast (3pm) show. As you might expect, it's the music equivalent to the assault on Bastogne. Hear the onslaught at the KDHX website.
Dig The Tennessean's podcast with PB over a wide range of subjects including the Waco Brothers, Tootsie's, Lambchop, the WPA Ballclub, and what Nashville can learn from Taylor Swift.