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Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit [NEW MUSIC]

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Wilson completed a solo album titled, Frankie Ray in 2007. The record was never officially released. Since, Wilson has recorded the full length album, Gentle Spirit, which will be released in 2011 on Bella Union. Gentle Spirit features many special guests including Barry Goldberg, Chris Robinson, Gary Louris, Andy Cabic, Otto Hauser, Josh Grange, Gary Mallaber, Z Berg, Adam McDougall, Johnathan Rice, among others. In July 2011 Wilson will will perform and collaborate with Jackson Browne and Dawes on several shows in Spain. Wilson was invited to perform on the 2011 benefit concert for Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) at Shoreline Amphitheater. Joining Wilson is Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, John Hall, The Doobie Brothers, Jason Mraz, Tom Morello, Kitaro, Sweet Honey In The Rock and others. In 2010 and 2011, Wilson collaborated with Erykah Badu in the studio on several songs, only one of which was officially released. Wilson also appeared as a special guest with Erykah Badu at her 2011 Coachella performance.

Wilson currently maintains his recording studio, Five Star Studio, in Echo Park, Los Angeles, which he relocated from its original location in Laurel Canyon in 2009. The space is renowned for its sound and analog recording equipment. In 2010, Wilson produced and collaborated with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy on a series of songs for release on Spiritual Pajamas Records, a boutique 7″ label associated with Folk Yeah Presents. Wilson co-produced and played on the new solo record by J. Tillman of theFleet Foxes which was mixed by Phil Ek, whose album credits include Built to Spill, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Modest Mouse, The Shins, etc. Wilson recorded and produced Dawes’ debut album, North Hills, at his Laurel Canyon studio. Wilson recorded and produced Dawes’ second album, Nothing Is Wrong, in 2010 at Five Star Studio. As part of Wilson’s project, What You Need Is What You Have, The Songs of Roy Harper, Wilson has produced songs performed by Will Oldham, Andy Cabic,Chris Robinson, Benji Hughes, Dawes, Jenny O., Johnathan Rice, Josh Tillman, and others. Wilson also produced Jason Boesel’s album, Hustler’s Son, and Mia Doi Todd’s album, Cosmic Ocean Ship. Wilson has also recorded and/or produced many other artists in his studio, including Gerald Johnson, James Gadson, and Josh Tillman.

Wilson is credited with revitalizing the Laurel Canyon music scene with the help of his many friends and is featured in the 2009 book Canyon of Dreams by rock historian Harvey Kubernik. Wilson had hosted private jam sessions at his compound in Laurel Canyon that involved Andy Cabic, Pat Sansone and John Stirratt of Wilco, Gerald Johnson, Johnathan Rice, Gary Louris and Mark Olson of The Jayhawks, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, David Rawlings, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jacob Dylan, and other notable artists who’ve played professionally with and/or in Electric Flag, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Van Morrison, The Cars, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller Band, and Pearl Jam. The jam was founded by Wilson and Chris Robinson.

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By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

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Dawes – Nothing is Wrong [NEW MUSIC]

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Dawes is an American rock band comprising brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber, and Tay Strathairn, hailing from Los Angeles, California. Dawes was formed from the band Simon Daweswhen co-songwriter Blake Mills left, abandoning their post-punk sound in favor of folk rock.

Dawes is part of the Laurel Canyon sound, whose influences include Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Neil Young, among others, centered in the North Hills area of Los Angeles. At the invitation of producerJonathan Wilson, the band joined an informal jam session in the area that included Conor Oberst, The Black Crowes’s Chris Robinson, and Benmont Tench. The band recorded their debut album, North Hills, in Laurel Canyon in a live setting to analog tape, resulting in a sound that Rolling Stone magazine called “authentically vintage”. Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone is also credited with appearing on the release.

On October 26th, 2010, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith told the crowd at a show in Saint Louis, Missouri, that the band took off the month of September to record a new album which will most likely be released in May of 2011.

In an interview with the UCLA Daily Bruin, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith said their new album will most likely be released in June of 2011. In a February 21, 2011 comment left on the same interview, Lenny Goldsmith confirmed that “Alex Casnoff left the band a few months ago. Tay Straithairn was before, and is NOW the keyboard player.”

Dawes performed with Robbie Robertson on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman and ABC’s The View in support of his new album, How to Become Clairvoyant, featuring Taylor Goldsmith on background vocals.

Dawes are steeped in rock tradition, whether backing Robbie Robertson live or working on their own: “Fire Away,” from their second album, sounds like a lost B side from Jackson Browne (and features Browne himself on backing vocals). The arrangements are all vintage, the guitar leads hot, and fraternal harmonies of drummer Griffin and leader Taylor Goldsmith are gorgeous.

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By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC