Grammy Award-winning music legend Kris Kristofferson opens his latest release with the title track “Closer To The Bone,” an intense, intimate song which the Los Angeles Times describes as “a celebration of that point in life where every moment becomes precious.” The record continues with 11 poignant tracks. Closer To The Bone, his second release with New West Records, is scheduled for release on September 29, 2009. The new record was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt) who also produced Kristofferson’s last CD, the critically acclaimed This Old Road. Closer To The Bone will be released as a standard CD, deluxe two-CD set as well as limited edition 180 gram vinyl.

The personal lyrics on Closer To The Bone are a reflection of Kristofferson’s epic journey. “I like the intimacy of the new album” he explains in a recent interview. “It has a general mood of reflecting on where we all are at this end of life.” In addition to the title track, other stand out cuts include “From Here To Forever,” a melancholy lullaby to his children, and “Good Morning John,” written for Kristofferson’s friend and mentor, the late Johnny Cash, about the struggles with addiction early in Cash’s life.

Closer To The Bone features Kristofferson on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Don Was on bass, Rami Jaffee on keyboards, Jim Keltner on drums and longtime friend, the late Stephen Bruton, to whom the album is dedicated, on guitar, mandolin and backing vocals. All lyrics and music were written solely by Kristofferson except “From Here To Forever” which was written in collaboration with Stephen Bruton and Glen Clark.

[New West Records]

Great news from K2 via Greasy Lake:

About as certain as we can get at this point: The new album has been recorded with members of the ESB already having contributed. Additional tracks are being recorded with and without the ESB. As can best be described at this point is the album is a cross between TOL and The Rising with some “rock” songs and a number of songs pared down. Having trouble describing the sound, but a lot of production is being used wth the versions already recorded. Different versions of each song are being recorded (with and without members of the ESB) and the final versions of about half the album have not been settled on. It was agreed to go ahead with announcing a new recording since it is fully anticipated the final recording phases will go very quickly. The good news is a flurry of recording will be ongoing over the next few weeks with August to be the month of final production, etc. Although a given, the album will have a least 10 songs with a goal of about 13 being projected.

What is interesting is the most definitive and positive news relates to the tour, which will be the last for the entire ESB. Rehearsals for the tour are once again scheduled for AP around Labor Day. Look for the tour to kick off on or about 10/02/2007 in New York with a quick swing around the country until the end of November. All of the major cities, to include LA, DC, Philly, Boston, Chicago, etc. will be covered. The month of December will include a quick tour of Europe, about 10 shows or so. January and part of February look to be time off with a full world tour to begin in full effect during the Spring of 2008 (Feb/March) with outdoor arena shows scheduled for the summer of 2008. The U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia, will all be on the schedule. Bottom line is that we are now entering the final stages in preparation for the final ESB world tour. Stay tuned.

New Album Out on New West Records, In Stores September 25th

New York, NY. After an extremely rare three year break from recording, Grammy® Award winner Steve Earle is back, with Washington Square Serenade, an album of new music out September 25th, his first for New West Records. The longtime Nashville (via Texas) resident, Earle has called New York City home for the past year and this will be his first release produced in the city. Recorded at New York’s legendary Electric Lady Studios, the introspective album, inspired by NYC, is Earle’s first produced by John King of The Dust Brothers (Beck, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys). A deluxe CD/DVD version will be available with bonus artwork, plus an exclusive documentary about the inspiration behind “Washington Square Serenade,” including a walking tour of Greenwich Village with Steve and noted journalist Mark Jacobson (New York Magazine). The album will also be available as a Limited Edition 180 gram vinyl record.


preview: Live in DublinRelease date: June 5, 2007 — Bruce Springsteen with The Sessions Band “Live in Dublin”!

This the official live document on video and audio of a great project and tour: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. I’ve seen the show in Frankfurt last year, one of the best concerts ever!

P.S.: And I was about to fly to Dublin… didn’t know they were going to film it! Imagine this: frankenschulz and The Boss on one DVD!

CoverListen to Neil’s new album “Living With War”!


(From Shore Fire) For immediate release:

Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen‘s twenty-first album, ‘We Shall Overcome The Seeger Sessions,’ on April 25. The album features Bruce’s personal interpretations of thirteen traditional songs, all of them associated with the legendary guiding light of American folk music, Pete Seeger, for whom the album is named. Speaking of the origins of the new music, Springsteen said, “So much of my writing, particularly when I write acoustically, comes straight out of the folk tradition. Making this album was creatively liberating because I have a love of all those different roots sounds… they can conjure up a world with just a few notes and a few words.”

Springsteen is planning a short tour in the U.S. and Europe to accompany the release of the album. He will be appearing with most of the musicians who appeared on the CD. Details will be announced separately.

Fair & SquareJohn Prine “Fair & Square” — a great album and since last week that’s official: it was awarded with the Best Contemporary Folk Album 2005 Grammy! (John beat The Boss in that category this time…) Relaxed music, wise words from a man who’s seen a lot, very cool…

Actually, a great Grammy category if you have a look at last years’ winners: Steve Earle (2004), Warren Zevon (2003), Bob Dylan (2001 & 1997), Bruce Springsteen (1996) , Johnny Cash (1994)…

Hammersmith '75 I know, nobody is interested in this, but anyway, it looks like Bruce Springsteen will follow up his Born To Run 30th Anniversary edition (1CD+2DVDs) with an audio CD of the 1975 London concert! Great music, folks, and recorded just four and a half months after I was born…

“29″ by Ryan Adams – this guy’s unbelievable! That’s his third (3rd!) album this year, and two of them are just great: “Cold Roses” and “29″ are awesome. Songs of breathtaking beauty and sadness….

Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets Gary Jules “Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets” (2002) >>>

It’s a “Mad World” sure, but there’s a lot more…