Jonathan Michael Richman is an American singer and guitarist. In 1970, he founded an influential proto-punk band. Since the mid-1970s, Richman has worked either solo or with low-key and electric, backing, he plays only acoustic to protect his hearing. He is known for his wide-eyed and childlike outlook, music that, while rooted in rock and roll, is influenced by music from around the world. Born in Natick, into a Jewish family, Richman began playing music and writing his own songs in the mid-1960s, he became infatuated with the Velvet Underground, in 1969, he moved to New York City, lived on the couch of their manager, Steve Sesnick, worked odd jobs and tried to break in as a professional musician. Failing at this, he returned to Boston. While in Boston, Richman formed a proto-punk garage rock band. Other notable members of the group were keyboard player Jerry Harrison and drummer David Robinson, who joined Talking Heads and the Cars, respectively. In 1972, they recorded a series of demos with producer John Cale.
Among these songs were the seminal "Roadrunner" and "Pablo Picasso" which were released on the group's post-breakup album, The Modern Lovers. The album was strange for its time, featuring Velvets-influenced basic three-chord rock at a time when glam and progressive rock were the norm. In 1972, the group recorded with producer Kim Fowley. Despite playing live the Modern Lovers had a difficult time securing a recording contract. By late 1973, Richman wanted to scrap the recorded tracks and start again with a mellower, more lyrical sound, influenced by the laid-back local music he had heard when the band had a residency at the Inverurie Hotel in Bermuda earlier in the year; these stymied efforts to complete a debut album led to the breakup of the original Modern Lovers in February 1974. In 1975, Richman moved to California to record as a solo singer/songwriter with Beserkley Records, his first released recordings appeared on 1975's Beserkley Chartbusters compilation, where he was backed by members of Earth Quake and the Rubinoos.
In January 1976, Richman put together a new version of the Modern Lovers, which included original Modern Lovers drummer, David Robinson, along with former Rubinoos bassist Greg'Curly' Keranen and Leroy Radcliffe on guitar. The albums produced by the new group found Richman turning away from electric rock music towards gentler acoustic textures, with a strong rooting in 1950s rock and roll; the album Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers was released in May 1976 but David Robinson left the group soon thereafter, due to frustration with Richman's quest for lower volume levels, joined with Ric Ocasek in forming the band the Cars. After several months as a trio, Richman found a new drummer, D. Sharpe, an avant-garde jazz player on the Boston scene, who went on to become a member of pianist Carla Bley's band. Rock and Roll with the Modern Lovers was released in 1977 and, just as this record began to climb the charts in Europe, Keranen left the group. A subsequent live album, Modern Lovers Live, was released with Asa Brebner on bass.
In the United Kingdom, Richman was recognised as a progenitor of the punk rock scene, several of his singles became hits. "Roadrunner" reached Number 11 in the UK Singles Chart, its follow-up, the instrumental "Egyptian Reggae", made Number 5 in late 1977. "Egyptian Reggae" was a version of Jamaican musician Earl Zero's reggae song "None Shall Escape the Judgment". Back in Your Life was released in 1979 under the "Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers" moniker, but only about half the disc featured a backup band; the rest was solo work. Following the Modern Lovers' final breakup, Richman went on sabbatical for a few years, staying in Appleton and playing at local bars in Belfast, Maine, he returned to recording in 1983 with Jonathan Sings!, followed by Rockin' and Romance. These were followed up with a brace of pop recordings. After the latter release, the "Modern Lovers" moniker was retired, having begun a true solo career, he returned to a variety of musical genres: country music with 1990's Jonathan Goes Country, Spanish translations of his earlier work with Jonathan, Te Vas a Emocionar!.
In 1993, he contributed the track "Hot Nights" to the AIDS-Benefit Album No Alternative produced by the Red Hot Organization. Always possessing an ardent cult following, Richman has become better known in recent years thanks to a series of appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Another major profile boost was a key part in the Farrelly Brothers' 1998 film There's Something About Mary, where he played half of a two-man Greek chorus with drummer Tommy Larkins, that commented on the plot while performing in the framed action itself, he appeared in a bar scene in a previous Farrelly Brothers film and performed the song "As We Walk to Fenway Park" for their 2005 comedy, Fever Pitch. Richman has continued his release schedule all along, with You Must Ask the Heart
Robert "Robbie" Fulks is an American alternative country singer-songwriter and long-time Chicago, Illinois resident. He has released 13 albums over a career spanning more than 30 years, his most recent record, Upland Stories, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album and the song “Alabama at Night,” was nominated for a Grammy for Best American Roots Song. Fulks was born in York, the son of a school teacher father, he grew up small towns in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Blue Ridge Mountains area of Virginia, the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Fulks' family moved when he was young, until they settled in North Carolina when he was 12. Fulks considers North Carolina his childhood home. Fulks has a younger brother named Jubal. Fulks was exposed to music through his family, where everyone played a different instrument, from his Aunt Stella on banjo, his Aunt Mildred on violin, his mother on autoharp to his father playing guitar. Through this immersion, Fulks picked up his aunt's banjo when he was six and started playing guitar at age 11.
In 1980, he graduated from Carolina Friends School. In 1980 at the age of 17, Fulks moved to New York City and attended Columbia College, Columbia University. While at Columbia University, Fulks played at Gerdes Folk City and other places in the West Village, he dropped out of college after two years to pursue music full time. Fulks moved to Chicago in 1983, shortly after started teaching at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. In 1987, he joined The Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, where he showcased his unique guitar flatpicking. In the early 1990s, he performed in the musical Woody Guthrie's American Song. Meanwhile, he recorded his original compositions. Steve Albini engineered many of his early tracks, the Chicago punk-country label Bloodshot Records began releasing them in 1993. While living in Chicago, Fulks worked for four years as a country songwriter for Music Row publisher API. Fulks' solo debut, Country Love Songs, was released on Bloodshot Records in 1996 to positive reviews; the album was engineered by Steve Albini.
The Skeletons, members of whom formed the band The Morells, played on much of the record. Tom Brumley and Buck Owens are featured, it was followed by 1997's South Mouth. As fans had grown used to his rough and sparse sound, many were shocked by the release of Fulks' third album, 1998's Let's Kill Saturday Night, on Geffen Records. Fulks recorded it during the spring of 1998 in Nashville with producer Rick Will; the record includes performances by Lucinda Williams, Sam Bush, Bill Lloyd, Al Anderson as well as guitarist Rob Gjersoe, bassist Lorne Rall, drummer Dan Massey. When Geffen disbanded shortly after the release of the record, Fulks found himself without a label, so he started his own company, Boondoggle Records, he released an album of unreleased material called The Very Best of Robbie Fulks. He licenses his music for distribution by Bloodshot. 2001 saw the release of Couples in Trouble, a dark and decidedly non-country album, 13 Hillbilly Giants, a collection of covers of classic country numbers both obscure and well known.
Both records were released by Bloodshot Records. In 2001, Fulks was an inaugural member of the judging panel for the Independent Music Awards, which supports independent artists. Fulks would not release another album until 2005. Georgia Hard on Yep Roc Records shows a return to his county roots; the album was notable for its use of long-time Nashville talent like Lloyd Green, Hank Singer, Dennis Crouch, Dallas Wayne. He gained attention for a novelty single he wrote called "Fountains of Wayne Hotline," in which he imagined the power pop band Fountains of Wayne as having a hotline that struggling songwriters could call for help with their song structure. In April 2007, Fulks released a 2-CD album Revenge! of of live concert recordings of older songs, but including some new material. One disc, labeled Standing features a full-band sound, while the second disc, consists of Fulks with little or no musical accompaniment. Standing opens with the tongue-in-cheek studio track "We're on the Road", which describes life on tour and simulates a telephone call to Fulks from Yep Roc Records President Glenn Dicker, demanding a new record and denigrating the sales performance of the "path-breaking, not chart-breaking" album Georgia Hard.
In 2009, Fulks self-released a 50-song, alphabetically organized mass of songs via his website, a compilation called 50-Vc. Doberman. Fulks notes that this method, electronic-only release in general, is not typical of musicians that work in his genre. In 2010, Fulks released his album Happy: Robbie Fulks Plays the Music of Michael Jackson via Yep Roc Records, in which he covered a group of Jackson's songs as a tribute to the deceased musician, he had been working on the record since 2005. In 2013, Fulks released Gone Away Backwards, recorded and mixed by Steve Albini, it was released on Bloodshot Records, his first release on that label since 2001's 13 Hillbilly Giants. The album features banjo, mandolin and upright bass. "That's Where I'm From" is a song Fulks cites as being autobiographical. Four songs from 50-Vc. Doberman were the genesis of Gone Away Backwards; the title of the record comes from the book of Isaiah in The Bible. Gone Away Backwards is an acoustic record that goes back to his roots as a musician, Fulks says.
He comments that the stylistic choice was a good fit with the musicians that appear on the recording: Robbie Gjersoe, Jenny Scheinman, Mike Bubb. They recorded live without using any overdubbing or elaborate production around 25 songs over the course of three days. In
The Bottle Rockets
The Bottle Rockets are an American band formed in 1992 based in St. Louis, Missouri; the founding members are Mark Ortmann, Tom Parr and Tom Ray. Current members are Henneman, John Horton and Keith Voegele. Most members of the group have contributed compositions to their catalog of original songs, as have Robert Parr and schoolteacher Scott Taylor; as noted in the New York Times by William Hogeland, the Bottle Rockets' songwriting has been likened to Woody Guthrie's folk style in spirit and satire. The band's lyrics encapsulate the common experiences of the everyman, are set to rousing and searing rock'n' roll. Considered to be the leaders of the'90s alt-country/roots rock revival along with peers Uncle Tupelo, the Bottle Rockets are contemporary storytellers from Middle America, their songs with strong social commentary reflect their influences of Woody Guthrie, Neil Young and The Replacements. For much of the Nineties, Missouri's Bottle Rockets were the torchbearers for smart Southern-style rock.—Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone The Bottle Rockets released their self-titled first album in 1993.
The Brooklyn Side followed in 1994, to resounding critical acclaim. In 1995, the Bottle Rockets signed with Atlantic Records, which re-released The Brooklyn Side; the single "Radar Gun" was a hit on rock radio—reaching No. 27 on Billboard's rock chart—and the band toured extensively to support the album. The band appeared on the television show Late Night with Conan O'Brien performing one of their original songs as well as being featured in a comedic skit; the relationship with Atlantic Records turned out to be difficult. Most of the original staff who promoted The Brooklyn Side had been fired from Atlantic; the release of the Bottle Rockets' next record, 24 Hours A Day, was delayed until late 1997. The band parted ways with Atlantic in 1998; the Bottle Rockets are featured in the PBS documentary The Mississippi River of Song: The Grassroots of American Music. In the series, narrated by Ani DiFranco, Brian Henneman says that he and the band are “reporters from the heartland” writing stories about their friends.
Their music combines singer-songwriter poignancy with authenticity and wit. The Bottle Rockets performed live at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC at the premiere for the film, appear on the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings soundtrack. Bottle Rockets signed with Doolittle records, which became New West Records. Doolittle released an EP of outtakes from 24 Hours A Day called Leftovers in 1998. About this time, Tom Ray was replaced on bass by Robert Kearns; the Bottle Rockets' fourth full length record, Brand New Year, was released on Doolittle in 1999. "Power hooks and muscular guitar fights that would make Skynyrd proud" and "'70s power rock with a dirty edge—sort of ZZ Top meets Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Bad Company" is the calling card of Brand New Year. The Bottle Rockets performed at the Horseshoe Tavern in early 2000; the band again had problems with their record label, did not record anything else until Songs of Sahm, a collection of songs by Doug Sahm, which came out on Chicago label Bloodshot Records in early 2002.
Shortly after finishing this record, Parr left the band. Bottle Rockets toured as a three-piece for a while, recorded their fifth full-length record Blue Sky, before adding multi-instrumentalist John Horton to the band. Kearns amicably split with the band in the spring of 2005. After a brief search the Bottle Rockets named Keith Voegele as their new bassist. Voegele has played in bands including the Phonocaptors. After the Bottle Rockets' promising eponymous debut, having a radio hit on their second album, extensive touring, resounding critical acclaim, the band endured a decade of subsequent hard luck. Concurrent with the band's business difficulties and alternative rock meteorically came to prominence and dominated popular culture, becoming the corporate mainstream rather than the alternative; as a result, the music industry abandoned traditional rock artists who were building a legacy of work, in favor of marketing trendy carbon-copy quick-commercial-turnaround acts. The path Henneman and the Bottle Rockets had been on seemed to disappear.
Despite those struggles, in 2005 the Bottle Rockets stabilized from the upheavals with their good nature and trailblazing edge intact. Founders Brian Henneman and Mark Ortmann got the band back on course, along with the newest additions John Horton and Keith Voegele, the current line-up of band members; the band re-hired their manager from the early days, Bob Andrews. The Bottle Rockets' first live album Live in Heilbronn Germany was released in February 2006; the double-disc set was recorded on July 17, 2005 at the Burgerhaus, Heilbronn-Bockingen, Germany with the band's current roster. It was released in Europe on vinyl by Blue Rose Records. Bloodshot Records released the band's next album, recorded in Ardent Studios in Memphis with producer Jeff Powell, in June 2006. Zoysia, a metaphor for tolerance and centered values and common ground, is a hardy grass, plentiful in Festus/Crystal City and Saint Louis, where these hardworking musicians grew up. After years of misleading portr
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Syd Straw is an American rock singer and songwriter. The daughter of actor Jack Straw, she began her career singing backup for Pat Benatar took her distinct voice to the indie/alternative scene and joined the Golden Palominos, she released her first album, Surprise, in 1989. A second album and Peace, appeared in 1996. Recorded with a obscure Midwest rock group called the Skeletons, it chronicled a brief and unhappy romance. In 2008, she released a new album, entitled Pink Velour, on Earnester Records. According to an earlier interview, the title track “is about my family moving back and forth between the east and the west, my being kidnapped by my mother on Valentine's Day in 1969, about not seeing my dad for seven years.” A frequent backup singer and contributor to duets with other musicians, Straw has maintained an intermittent acting career, appearing on the television shows The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Tales of the City. Straw's role on "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" as a middle school math teacher was introduced in the episode "Valentine's Day Massacre," and was reprised in the episodes "Hard Day's Pete" and "x=why?"
Syd Straw can be heard singing harmony and backing vocals on the Rickie Lee Jones albums Traffic From Paradise and The Evening of My Best Day. She is featured on Leo Kottke's Peculiaroso, which Jones produced. Straw appears on. For a number of years she has given an annual "Heartwreck" live performance on Valentine's Day. In 1994, Straw teamed up with Wilco to contribute the song "The T. B. Is Whipping Me" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country, produced by the Red Hot Organization. 1989: Surprise - reissued in 2000 on Koch with two bonus tracks) 1996: War and Peace 2001: Live at the Triple Crown with The Adventures Of... 2005: Whole Wide World: Uncollected Songs 2008: Pink Velour 1985: various artists - Luxury Condos Coming To Your Neighborhood Soon - track 13, "Listening To Elvis" 1988: various artists - Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films - track 4, "Blue Shadows on the Trail" 1990: various artists - Rutles Highway Revisited - track 1-7, "I Must Be In Love" 1992: various artists - Downtown Does The Beatles Live At The Knitting Factory 1992 - track 10, "Don't Let Me Down" 1993: Chris Stamey and Friends - Christmas Time - track 10, " Presents, Dear" 1994: various artists - Beat the Retreat - Songs by Richard Thompson - track 5, "For Shame Of Doing Wrong" 1994: various artists - Red Hot + Country - track 16, "The T.
B. Is Whipping Me" 1994: various artists - A Live Christmas Extravaganza - track 2, "X-Mas Twist" 1995: various artists - Live From Mountain Stage Volume 8 - track 9, "Golden Dreams" 1998: various artists - Real: The Tom T Hall Project - track 10, "Harper Valley P. T. A." 2000: various artists - One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs of Bruce Springsteen - track 12, "Meeting Across the River" 2001: various artists - Daddy-O Daddy! Rare Family Songs Of Woody Guthrie - track 8, "My Daddy" 1985: The Golden Palominos - Visions of Excess 1986: Beat Rodeo - Home in the Heart of the Beat 1986: The Golden Palominos - Blast of Silence 1987: The dB's - The Sound Of Music 1987: Victoria Williams - Happy Come Home 1988: Eric Ambel - Roscoe's Gang 1988: Face To Face - One Big Day 1989: Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith - Evidence 1989: Mark Bingham - I Passed for Human 1989: Marshall Crenshaw - Good Evening 1989: Van Dyke Parks - Tokyo Rose 1990: Peter Blegvad - King Strut And Other Stories 1990: Bloomsday - Fortuny 1990: Was - Are You Okay?
1991: Barkmarket - Vegas Throat 1991: David Sanborn - Another Hand 1992: Freedy Johnston - Can You Fly 1992: Marc Ribot - Requiem for What's His Name 1993: Dave Alvin - Museum of Heart 1993: Rickie Lee Jones - Traffic from Paradise 1993: Vic Chesnutt - Drunk 1994: Dave Alvin - King of California 1994: Doug Legacy with the Zydeco Party Band - King Cake Party 1994: Grant McLennan - Horsebreaker Star 1994: Leo Kottke - Peculiaroso 1995: Tony Trischka - World Turning 1998: Richard Buckner - Since 2000: John Greaves - The Caretaker 2000: The Schramms - 100 Questions 2000: Christy McWilson - The Lucky One 2002: Wayne Kramer - Adult World 2003: Rickie Lee Jones - The Evening of My Best Day 2004: One Ring Zero - As Smart As We Are 2014: Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 2015: Bill Wells & Friends - Nursery Rhymes 1990: David Halley - Stray Dog Talk - track 9, "Dream Life" Not The Last Straw Syd Straw Website Syd Straw at AllMusic Syd Straw discography at Discogs Discography: Syd Straw Syd Straw Group Fan mailing list LAist Interview PUNKCAST#397 Video from St Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn - Feb 14 2004 PUN
Carol Patricia Mas, professionally known as Carolyne Mas, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. She broke out of the Greenwich Village music scene boom of the late 1970s, along with other artists such as Steve Forbert, The Roches, Willie Nile, she is credited with having started the Songwriter's Workshop at the Cornelia Street Cafe in 1977, which went on to become the Songwriter's Exchange, featuring singer-songwriters such as Jack Hardy and Suzanne Vega. Although she remains unknown in the United States, except for a loyal cult of fans, she managed to gain popularity in Europe and Canada due to the use of television as a promotional tool in these markets, her records did well in the charts in Canada, but her greatest success was in Germany, where a live album, Mas Hysteria, was released by Phonogram. It was intended to promote her upcoming appearance on Rockpalast in January 1981, included her most significant hit, "Sittin' in the Dark". Mas became well known for her energetic live shows from 1979 to 1981 while signed to Mercury Records.
She recorded three albums while with Mercury: Carolyne Mas, Hold On, Modern Dreams. She was hailed as being the female Bruce Springsteen, a distinction that served to set her apart from her female contemporaries, she toured the United States and Europe extensively with a band of musicians which included David Landau, Crispin Cioe of the Uptown Horns, bassist Ivan Elias, drummer Bobby Chouinard, keyboardist Charlie Giordano. Her association with Springsteen included her involvement in the 3M benefit at the Stone Pony on January 19, 1986, the "Jersey Artists for Mankind" project in May 1986, while she was living at the Jersey Shore. Mas moved to Germany, in 1989 where she continued to tour and record, she was signed to SPV GmbH from 1990 to 1993, released three albums for them: Action Pact, recorded in Springfield, Missouri, in 1988 with the Skeletons/the Morells. From 1989 to 1993, Mas toured throughout Germany, performing in Austria and Hungary. In August 1990, she performed on a television show in Moscow, broadcast to 400 million viewers.
Mas returned to the United States in September 1993. In 1999, Mas reunited with producer-guitarist Steve Burgh, who had produced her first two albums, Carolyne Mas and Hold On, while she was signed to Mercury Records twenty years before, they recorded an album's worth of material at Baby Monster, in New York City. For these sessions she was reunited with keyboardist Giordano and guitarist-keyboardist Charlton Pettus; the album is called Brand New World and was released by Mas in 2005, subsequent to Burgh's untimely death, as a tribute to him. Mas lives in Arizona with her husband and son. After completing one year at Cochise College with highest honors and being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, she is enrolled full-time at Arizona State University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Health. In February 2017, she was inducted into ASU's chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, in January 2018, she was inducted into ASU’s chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society.
Although semi-retired from the music business, Mas performs in New York City and Italy, where she released a studio album entitled Across the River on Italian label Route 61 Music in October 2013. Carolyne Mas Hold On Mas Hysteria Modern Dreams Action Pact Live! Reason Street Beyond Mercury Brand New World Across the River "Stillsane" "Quote Goodbye Quote" "Driving on the Radio" Official website
Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure. Wilco's lineup changed during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the lineup has been unchanged, consisting of Tweedy, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released ten studio albums, a live double album, four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5. Wilco's music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fay, The Beatles and Television, has in turn influenced music by a number of modern alternative rock acts; the band continued in the alternative country style of Uncle Tupelo on its debut album A. M. but has since introduced more experimental aspects to their music, including elements of alternative rock and classic pop.
Wilco's musical style has evolved from a 1990s country rock sound to a current "eclectic indie rock collective that touches on many eras and genres."Wilco garnered media attention for their fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the controversy surrounding it. After the recording sessions were complete, Reprise Records rejected the album and dismissed Wilco from the label; as part of a buy-out deal, Reprise gave Wilco the rights to the album for free. After streaming Foxtrot on its website, Wilco sold the album to Nonesuch Records in 2002. Both record labels are subsidiaries of Warner Music Group, leading one critic to say the album showed "how screwed up the music business is in the early twenty-first century." Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is Wilco's most successful release to date, selling over 670,000 copies. Wilco won two Grammy Awards for their fifth studio album, 2004's A Ghost Is Born, including Best Alternative Music Album. Wilco released their ninth studio album, Star Wars, in July 2015, in September 2016 released their tenth studio album, Schmilco.
Wilco was formed following the breakup of the influential alternative country music group Uncle Tupelo. Singer Jay Farrar quit the band in 1994 because of a soured relationship with co-singer Jeff Tweedy. Both Tweedy and Farrar sought to form bands after the breakup. Tweedy was able to keep the entire Uncle Tupelo lineup sans Farrar, including bassist John Stirratt, drummer Ken Coomer, multi-instrumentalist Max Johnston, he enlisted Uncle Tupelo guest guitarist Brian Henneman of the Bottle Rockets, who performed on many of the tracks for Wilco's debut album, A. M.. The band was tempted to keep the Uncle Tupelo name, but decided to rename the band; the group named itself "Wilco" after the military and commercial aviation radio voice abbreviation for "will comply", a choice which Tweedy has called "fairly ironic for a rock band to name themselves." After collaborating with Syd Straw on a cover version of the Ernest Tubb song "The T. B. is Whipping Me", Wilco began recording tracks for A. M. their first studio album, at Easley studio in June 1994.
A demo tape from these recordings was sent to executives at Reprise Records, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers, the label signed Tweedy to a contract. Although Tweedy stated that he wanted a more collaborative project than Uncle Tupelo, only his name appeared on the Reprise contract. Tweedy requested songwriting submissions from other members, but only one submission—John Stirratt's "It's Just That Simple"—appeared on A. M.. It was the last song Wilco released, lyrically written by a member besides Tweedy. Stylistically similar to Uncle Tupelo, the music on A. M. was considered to be straightforward alternative country rock in what Tweedy described as "trying to tread some water with a perceived audience." A. M. peaked at number twenty-seven on the Billboard Heatseekers chart lower than the debut album of Jay Farrar's new band, Son Volt. The album was met with modest reviews though it would rank thirty-fourth in the Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop critics poll. Critically and commercially paling in comparison to the reception of Son Volt's album, the Wilco members perceived A.
M. to be a failure. Shortly after the release of the album, multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett joined the band, providing the band with a keyboardist and another guitarist. Wilco made its live debut on November 17, 1994 to a capacity crowd at Cicero's Basement Bar in St. Louis, Missouri. During the two hundred-date tour supporting A. M. Tweedy began to write songs for a second album; the lyrical theme of the songs reflected a relationship between a listener. Ken Coomer elaborated: The whole No Depression thing was funny to us because people seemed to forget that Jeff was a bigger punk-rock fan than a country fan, it led to things like us all switching instruments on "Misunderstood,". A number of songs were recorded with this theme, including "Sunken Treasure" and "Hotel Arizona", Wilco recorded a number of songs in the style of A. M. Wilco named the album Being There after a Peter Sellers film of the same name; the band went through some personnel changes during the recording sessions. Max Johnston left the band because he felt that his role in the band had diminished in favor of Bennett.
Bob Egan of Freakwater joined the band