Friday, January 19, 2018

"Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" trailer

BETTE SMITH SKYROCKETS TO #35 ON AMERICANA SINGLES CHART AND #35 ON AMERICANA ALBUM CHART, HITS TOP 5 ON ROOTS MUSIC REPORTS R&B AND SOUL CHARTS

BIG LEGAL MESS ROCK & ROLL/SOUL ARTIST SIGNS WITH NEIL O’BRIEN, SHARES NEW MUSIC VIDEO
 
Big Legal Mess (Fat Possum imprint) soul and rock & roll singer Bette Smith has skyrocketed to #35 on the Americana Album Chart and #35 on the Americana Singles Chart at radio. On The Roots Music Report, Smith’s album ‘Jetlagger’ hit the top 5 on both its Top 50 R&B Album Chart and Top 50 Soul Album Chart.
 
Click here for the Bette Smith mini-documentary.
 
She’s earned praise from NPR, Billboard, WNYC, Paste Magazine, MOJO, American Songwriter, and Bust Magazine. Here’s her brand new music video for “Durty Hustlin’” (OK to share).
 
Neil O’Brien Entertainment represents Smith international bookings.

MVD REISSUES ‘GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY: THE GOSPEL SONGS OF BOB DYLAN’ ON DVD FILM FEB. 9

PROJECT PROMPTED A CHANGE OF THINKING  ON DYLAN’S GOSPEL MUSIC, INCLUDING FROM DYLAN HIMSELF

DVD FEATURES AARON NEVILLE, SHIRLEY CAESAR, OTHERS IN BEHIND-THE-SCENES PERFORMANCES OF THE MAKING OF GRAMMY-NOMINATED COMPILATION ‘GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY: THE GOSPEL SONGS OF BOB DYLAN,’ RELEASED FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Marking the fifteenth anniversary of GRAMMY-nominated album ‘Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan,’ MVD Entertainment will reissue the film of the same title on February 9. ‘Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan’ features an intense Bob Dylan performance from 1980 of “When He Returns” as well as powerful performances and interviews with Aaron Neville, Shirley Caesar, Fairfield Four, Mighty Clouds of Joy, and Dottie Peoples, reflecting on their faith and connections Dylan’s Christian music.

Now, with the November release of Columbia Records’ ‘Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981,’ a further exploration of that period has taken place, which began with this album and film.  "It was an honor to have made an impression on the great man himself with these recordings" said the film's producer Jeffrey Gaskill. From 2009 to 2011 Bob Dylan opened 40 concerts around the world with Gonna Change My Way of Thinking (his Grammy-nominated new version re-written and recorded for Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan with Mavis Staples.) in concert halls in Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Adelaide and this performance in Tel Aviv: https://www.facebook.com/bobdylangospel/videos/10154762201361529/

Just a month after his recording with Staples he would kick off a new tour in Stockholm, Sweden and perform Solid Rock (what many consider the theme song to his gospel era concerts) for the first time in over twenty years. Dylan would continue to perform this rousing song as well as other gospel era songs at numerous concerts across Europe and beyond. The two-time Grammy nominated compilation would be released on Sony/Columbia one year later on April 1, 2003: https://www.facebook.com/bobdylangospel/videos/10154729120621529/

"This gospel music was Bob Dylan's ultimate rebellion, and it took much more courage than strapping on an electric guitar," said Gaskill. The film offers historical insights into this Bob Dylan era provided by Jim Keltner, Fred Tackett, Spooner Oldham, and Regina McCrary - all of whom performed and recorded with Dylan at the time. Famed record producer Jerry Wexler, who produced the records, and music journalists Paul Williams and Alan Light, also disclose insights.

Upon the album’s release, much praise was devoted to the project:

“The best African-American covers of Dylan songs since Jimi Hendrix.” -The New York Times

"Another corner of American music has, appropriately, claimed Dylan as its own." - The Associated Press.

"Even agnostics may now agree there was something nearly supernatural about Dylan's mastery of an unlikely idiom--black gospel." - Entertainment Weekly

Thursday, January 11, 2018

NPR MUSIC SCREAMS “GOOD-GOD-HALLELUJAH,” PREMIERES NEW FAT POSSUM ACT LIZ BRASHER NEW SINGLE “BODY OF MINE,” FEATURES TRACK ON ALL SONGS CONSIDERED

BIG-VOICED SINGER ADDED TO SHAKY KNEES FESTIVAL
 
NPR Music has premiered new Fat Possum artist Liz Brasher’s new single “Body of Mine” on NPR Music, featuring the track on this week’s All Songs Considered episode.
 
 
 
Jessie Scott writes, “Good-God-Hallelujah… Brasher (rhymes with Frazer) shouts, rocks, rolls, and tears it up on stage; her music will dig down deep to touch your soul.” Fat Possum Records will release “Body of Mine” this Friday. A Memphian of Dominican descent who grew up singing in Spanish in the church, Brasher synthesizes the sounds of of ‘60s garage, girl group sounds, dirty blues, holy roller church music, and Bob Dylan into something completely her own.
 
Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival added her to its May lineup that includes Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drums, Courtney Barnett, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lord Huron, Manchester Orchestra, Alvvays, and many more.
 
The big-voiced Brasher has already earned previous praise from Billboard, Garden & Gun Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan, Amazon Music, WMOT Radio Nashville, and made her NYC debut at Joe’s Pub. Her song “Painted Image” was added to Spotify’s Fresh Folk playlist. She’s also taped an episode for PBS’ Sun Studio Sessions to air this year.
 
Stay tuned for more tour dates.