The Messenger: A Tribute to Ray Wylie Hubbard, a superlative new collection from Eight 30 Records, features performances by a who’s who of Americana music including Rodney Crowell(“In Times of Cold”), Bobby Bare (“Snake Farm”), Charlie Musselwhite (“Resurrection”), Tom Russell(“Dust of the Chase”), James McMurtry (“The Messenger”), Terri Hendrix (“Without Love”), Jonathan Tyler (“Wanna Rock N Roll”) and others. “We're so proud of this record,” says Jenni Finlay, who co-produced the set with label co-owner Brian T. Atkinson. “We are so excited to celebrate one of our very favorite songwriters and humans alive today.” Additionally, James McMurtry and his band served as the “house band” on several key tracks on the album, which will be released digitally on August 16 and is scheduled for a physical release later this fall.
Matt Harlan crafts sociopolitical narratives with an artist's eye (“What We Saw”) and a poet's elegance (“Mountain Pose”). Evidence: Best Beasts. The seamless new collection due out July 12 on Austin-based Eight 30 Records spotlights a rapidly rising songwriter growing exponentially with each track (“Gravity”). Political unrest maps the landscape. “Best Beastsbecame much more political than I imagined,” Harlan says. “Everything I started to write ended up being about current events. The theme throughout the record is me trying to makes sense of our crazy world today.” Keep an eye out for more news and song premieres from the album featuring legendary instrumentalists Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen), Danny Barnes (Bad Livers) and Jon Dee Graham (True Believers) soon!
FLOATER: A TRIBUTE TO THE TRIBUTES TO GARY FLOATER RELEASING IN MAY 2018 ON AUSTIN-BASED EIGHT 30 RECORDS
Americana songwriting royalty including James McMurtry, The Band of Heathens, Danny Barnes, Walt Wilkins, Guy Forsyth and more offer takes on country classics
AUSTIN, TX – News: Eight 30 Records will release the eighteen-song Floater: A Tribute to the Tributes to Gary Floater on May 4! “We're so excited about our new tribute album honoring the great Gary Floater,” says Eight 30 Records' Jenni Finlay, who produced the album with label co-owner Brian T. Atkinson. “There's truly never been anyone like him.” Indeed, Floater tunes are simply singular. Consider a few titles alone: “Whatever Man,” “Thanks Me,” “Let Me Kiss You Where It Hurts,” “A Hero Never Learns,” “Grandpa's Promise,” “Pull Over I Wanna Eat That” and “Sunburn Lake.”
Floater: A Tribute to the Tributes to Gary Floater offers a veritable who's who of singer-songwriters with their takes on Floater's solid gold country classics. A short list – The Band of Heathens (“The Dirty South”), James McMurtry (“Grandpa's Promise”), Jason Eady (“Stand Back Boys I'm Fixing to Care”), Rod Picott (“That's What I'm Gonna Do”) – gives a glimpse. Floater himself will embark on his 40-city “Drink a Forty for the Fortieth” tour later this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of his unforgettable 1978 landmark album Denim on Denim, which features several songs on the new tribute.
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