Phoebe Bridgers has released a cover of The Handsome Family’s ‘So Much Wine’.
‘So Much Wine’ is an addition to Phoebe’s Christmas song catalogue. Proceeds from the track will be going to the Los Angeles LGBT Centre. It is one of the few federally qualified health centres with providers who specialize in substance abuse treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and people living with HIV. The Centre is also the world’s largest LGBT non-profit. It assists tens of thousands of LGBTQ+ people each month with vital and life-saving services. Those services include youth and senior housing, legal assistance, and affirming, life-saving healthcare.
The track, produced by Phoebe with long time collaborators Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska, features Marshall Vore, Harrison Whitford, Sebastian Steinberg, Paul Mescal, as well as vocals, violin and whistling by Andrew Bird.
Phoebe is currently winding down her Punisher global tour -with shows upcoming in Mexico, New Zealand and Australia. She’ll join Taylor Swift on some stadium dates in Spring 2023.
Upcoming Tour Dates
30 January 2023 -Auckland, New Zealand -Laneway Festival
4 February 2023 -Brisbane, Australia -Laneway Festival
5 February 2023 -Sydney, Australia -Laneway Festival
6 February 2023 -Sydney, Australia -Hordern Pavilion
6 February 2023 -Melbourne, Australia -Margaret Court Arena
10 February 2023 -Adelaide, Australia -Laneway Festival
11 February 2023 -Melbourne, Australia -Laneway Festival
12 February 2023 -Perth, Australia -Laneway Festival
5 May 2023 -Nashville, TN -Nissan Stadium*
6 May 2023 -Nashville, TN -Nissan Stadium*
7 May 2023 -Nashville, TN -Nissan Stadium*
12 May 2023 -Philadelphia, PA -Lincoln Financial Field*
13 May 2023 -Philadelphia, PA -Lincoln Financial Field*
14 May 2023 -Philadelphia, PA -Lincoln Financial Field*
19 May 2023 -Foxborough, MA -Gillette Stadium*
20 May 2023 -Foxborough, MA -Gillette Stadium*
21 May 2023 -Foxborough, MA -Gillette Stadium*
26 May 2023 -East Rutherford, NJ -MetLife Stadium*
27 May 2023 -East Rutherford, NJ -MetLife Stadium*
28 May 2023-East Rutherford, NJ -MetLife Stadium*
*supporting Taylor Swift
Anita Fayes & Emilio Merone has released ‘Only at Christmas’.
Co-writer and producer duo Anita Fayes & Emilio Merone are based in London, England. With music included in high profile adverts, tours around the world, endorsements with a well-known keyboard company, performances in some of the biggest known venues and stadiums and more, Anita Fayes and Emilio Merone have achieved more in their careers to date than most acts can ever dream. Now they have released their new Christmas single ‘Only at Christmas’
Jim Cregan & Co released their cover of ‘When a Child Is Born’ on 12th November.
Best known for his work with Rod Stewart, Jim Cregan co-produced, co-wrote and was Rod’s musical director for nearly two decades. His songs have also been recorded by Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Russel Watson amongst many others, and he has played on stage with guitarists Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Pete Townsend and Chuck Berry. Oh yes and Tina Turner, Elton John, Cat Stevens and Katie Melua to name a few! He has received over 40 gold & platinum records to date, and his guitar solo on Cockney Rebel’s ‘Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)’ still sounds alright! This wonderful new version of the Johnny Mathis classic is in aid of Angel Force USA, a non-profit charity engaged in raising awareness of suicide.
Jim Cregan is on YouTube.
Frankie Carvalho has released ‘Recurring Dream’.
We heard ‘Don’t Come Round Here’ from Frankie Carvalho earlier in the year (November 2022, Week 73).
Now, inspired by a new passion for song writing, Frankie Cavalho follows on from her critically acclaimed EP ‘Sandstorm’ with her new single ‘Recurring Dream’ It features James Hawkins on vocals and was produced by him too. The track is already gaining momentum and will shortly be performed by a West End star too.
Tim O’Brien has released Old Christmas Day.
Tim says, “The new and more scientifically accurate Gregorian calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory in 1582. Eleven days shorter than the previous Julian calendar, it still labelled December 25th as Christmas, but the day that had been December 25th was now labelled January 6th. Britain and its colonies adopted the new calendar officially in 1752, but Protestants in America and elsewhere generally rejected anything to do with the Catholic Church. Appalachia was especially slow to adopt the new system but started calling January 6th ‘Old Christmas’.
In remote mountain communities, a lot of Christmas folklore remained attached to January 6th. There were various beliefs – don’t throw out the ashes from the Old Christmas Day fire until the next day; water turns into wine that day but it’s bad luck to taste it (drink beer or whiskey instead); and a child born on Old Christmas Day can heal the sick.
One belief was that at midnight on Old Christmas Eve, the elder bushes bloom and animals talk to each other. The legend had to do with those animals’ presence at Jesus’s birth, and their being filled with the Holy Spirit once a year on that night. Thomm Jutz and I got together to write a song on January 5th, and this is the result. Thanks to Thomm for uncovering this bit of folklore. They say it’s bad luck to hear the animals talk on Old Christmas Eve, but we can still imagine what they might say!”
Tim has a website at timobrien.net.
Rick Lang released ‘Bluegrass Holiday’ at the end of November.
From Nashville, Tennesse Rick Lang proudly announces a new single, ‘Bluegrass Holiday’. It features stunning lead vocals by Morgan Easter Smith. Rick explains that “’Bluegrass Holiday’ is a tune that can be enjoyed not only at Christmas but all winter long.” Featured musicians include Andy Leftwich on fiddle and mandolin, Scott Vestal on banjo, and the song’s producer Jared Easter on acoustic guitar, bass, and harmony vocals.
Rick also said “I’m beyond excited about the release of ‘Bluegrass Holiday’, a brand-new song I wrote with my buddy Evan Dickerson. Since my childhood days I’ve had a deep love and passion for the Christmas and Winter season. I dedicate most of December and January each winter to building my catalogue of Christmas/seasonal material which translates into scores of songs over time.”
Rick has a website, at ricklangmusic.com and you can download the track for free!
Fiat Lux released ‘Winter Solstice’ on 9th December.
Since their re-formation, Fiat Lux have delighted the critics and their fans. It’s not just with a re-appraisal of their back catalogue but also with the warm reception given to the new material they have put out since 2019. Now they’re releasing their latest single, ‘Winter solstice’. It goes further into mystical territory with an upbeat and synth bass driven dance tune that embraces the pagan alternative celebrations of the season.
For this single, the line-up remains Steve Wright on vocals; Will Howard, sax and clarinet and David P Crickmore backing vocals and all other instruments and production.
The trio have a website, at fiat-lux.co.uk.
Seeking Benjamin released ‘Santa Leave Something for Me’ on 18th November.
Seeking Benjamin is the moniker of British singer songwriter Ben Francis. He’s an artist from Dorset who discovered the joy and release of song writing when he was a ten year old boy. A passion of music had been stirred and an appetite for a wide range of genres soon found and both are no less potent and inspiring to him today. His journey blossomed in a high school rock band, Battle of the Bands events and the raising of money through performances bringing experience and seeds for his musical passions.
Over the years you can add playing open mic nights and helping start a local and ongoing music festival to his journey. But almost a decade away from music, before his return in 2021, could not diminish his growth and energy in song writing and indeed a hunger to explore his imagination while drawing on the inspiration of legends.
Speaking about ‘Santa Leave Something for Me, Ben says, “It’s an incredibly catchy upbeat nostalgic Christmas song that gives you that fuzzy feeling encompassing the excitement of Christmas.”
‘Something Going On Down In Bethlehem’ by Chris Davis in on the RBR Family Christmas album.
An ‘RBR Family Christmas’ is a holiday collection, featuring the today’s hottest bluegrass artists.
Ben James brings ‘Christmas In Dixie’ to life with a whole new perspective; Billy Droze sings about his spiritual roots with the original song ‘The Greatest Gift’; Chris Davis, in the track we’ve just heard, tells the story of ‘Something Going On Down In Bethlehem’; Don Rigsby’s original song ‘Lump of Coal’ reminds us of what Christmas is all about; Mike Sumner let’s his banjo do the singing with ‘What Child is This’; Marija Droze teams up with Mark Lowry for a bluegrass version of ‘Mary Did You Know’; Tommy Buller shows his traditional vocal chops with ‘White Christmas Makes Me Blue’; Ralph Stanley II sings about his family and ‘Christmas In Virginia’; Billy Droze sings the story of the ‘New Kid In Town’; Josh Swift rounds out the collection with a resounding new take on a Christmas classic with ‘Jingle Bells’.
RBR Entertainment have a website, at rbrentertainment.com, from where the album can be down-loaded or a CD purchased.
‘Christmas Time’ by The Real Thing was released on 8th December.
Best known for their legendary hits ‘You To Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’, as well as their ground-breaking 1977 song, ‘Children of the Ghetto’, The Real Thing remain Britain’s most successful black group of all-time. Pioneers in soul, funk, and dance music, the two original members – Chris Amoo and Dave Smith – are now celebrating 50 years in the music industry. Still gigging across the world, the band’s success and longevity is unprecedented in British entertainment history.
Robby Johnson released ‘Oh! Santa, Please’ on 1st November.
Christmas done Nashville style! Robby Johnson burst into country music with his hit, ‘South of Me’. It was the first single from his début album ‘Don’t Look Back’, which hit the Top 20 at country radio, landed him a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. It also won the CMT Pure 12 Pack Countdown several weeks in a row. He has come a long way as a songwriter since that 2016 début. In addition to his previous Christmas recordings and début album, he released a second album, ‘Alive Right Now’, opened for Keith Urban, and embarked on a headlining tour. Over the years, he has written with some of Nashville’s best songwriters and worked with such renowned producers as Jimmy Nichols, James Stroud, and currently musician, producer, songwriter, and CMA Award & CMA Country Christmas Musical Director, Danny Rader.
Robby is on YouTube.
On 2nd December, Liam Price released ‘Christmas Time Again’.
Liam Price is a 16-year-old singer-songwriter born in Solihull, West Midlands. He shot to fame on ITV’s The Voice Kids in 2019 where he reached the semi-final stages. Judges in all four red chairs turned around and then battled it out to become his mentor on the TV show. He was described by the experts as having “the best pitch ever”. Produced by the legendary Stuart Epps all proceeds from this track are going to support community groups for stroke, dementia, visually impaired and food banks.
A recording of the show is available on MixCloud.
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