Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Music News from Elvis Costello and Bill Kirchen

A while back I got the Wolf Trap summer concert schedule in the mail. I was giving it a quick once over when one show on the schedule caught my attention, Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes. I had of heard of the past Elvis bands the Attractions and the Imposters, but not the Sugarcanes. I read on to see the Sugarcanes featured some of the top musicians in accoustic music, including Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan and Mike Compton. The internet didn't provide much information on the band or a potential CD until this week. Country Standard Time ran this piece yesterday detailing the band line up and song listing. The CD Secret, Profane & Sugarcane will be released June 2nd with a summer tour to follow.

Back in February, Elvis Costello was in a London studio with Bill Kirchen. Elvis will be featured on the next Kirchen CD singing the Kirchen-Johnny Castle-Austin DeLone composition "Man at the Bottom of the Well". The song originally appeared on Kirchen's 1999 CD Raise a Ruckus with Kirchen on lead vocals. Castle played a rough mix of the new version of the song, which he played bass on, for me and some other folks after a recent Thrillbillys gig at the Sunset Grille. The cut sounded good and featured Kirchen playing a much harder sounding guitar style than what he is usually known to play. As of yet, a release date has not been set for the new Kirchen CD.

Going back to Elvis Costello's first country disc, Almost Blue, here he is singing "A Good Year for the Roses".

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