BELLE ADAIR ISN’T YOUR DAD’S MUSCLE SHOALS MUSIC
NEW ALBUM ‘TUSCUMBIA’ - RECORDED AT FAME STUDIOS AND PRODUCED BY TOM SCHICK (WILCO, PARQUET COURTS) – SET FOR JAN 19 ON SINGLE LOCK RECORDS
When Muscle Shoals four-piece Belle Adair recorded their new album ‘Tuscumbia,’ due out January 19 on Single Lock Records, they leaned into their hometown’s musical legacy to create a sound unlike anything that’s come out of The Shoals region before. Produced by longtime Wilco collaborator Tom Schick (Real Estate, Parquet Courts, Iron & Wine), ‘Tuscumbia’ was tracked at the hallowed FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, home to legendary sessions by Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Paul Simon, Duane Allman, and countless others, and mixed at The Loft, Wilco’s home base in Chicago. The result doesn’t so much update the Muscle Shoals sound as redefine it with chiming guitars, meditative lyrics and a breezy, blissed-out feel.
The eleven new songs on ‘Tuscumbia’ were all written by frontman Matt Green, and the album marks a massive leap forward for a band that’s already been praised by NPR for its “dreamy sound” and by SPIN for songs that “glow with a deep, dusky aura.” Both grand and intimate, far-reaching and deeply personal, ‘Tuscumbia’ is a definitive declaration of identity from a band that bucks tradition in search of their own personal truths.
While Belle Adair is rewriting what it means to be a band from Muscle Shoals, the group’s ties to their local music community run deep. Keyboardist Ben Tanner and drummer Reed Watson run Single Lock Records, which has released music by Alabama artists like St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Dylan LeBlanc, Donnie Fritts and label co-founder / multi-GRAMMY winner John Paul White. In recent years, Belle Adair has also served as something of a house band to other Single Lock artists, backing White, Fritts and others on extensive tours. Through this work, Belle Adair finds themselves at the center of one of the South’s most thriving independent music scenes, building Muscle Shoals into an artistic beacon for a new generation. ‘Tuscumbia’ is out January 19 on Single Lock Records, a full track list is below.
‘TUSCUMBIA’ TRACK LIST
Long Fade Out
See It Through
Out On The Blue
Pushing the Stone
Nicole Atkins will release "Goodnight Rhonda Lee", her latest album (and first for Single Lock Records) on July 21st! To celebrate the announcement, we've also released the title track from the record into the digital universe! Go listen at Spotify, then come right back and pre-order the record from us!
Stop by Nicole's artist page for tour dates and more info! She kicks off a tour with Old 97's this weekend... and we bet she'll be in your town before too long!
On the A-side, John takes a turn at Donnie's enduring classic, "Breakfast in Bed". On the B-side, Donnie delivers a version of John's "Simple Song" as only Donnie can.
It's two friends honoring each other on a special release, just for Record Store Day! We pressed 1000 of these, and the only way to get your hands on one is to head to your local independent record store on April 22nd!
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Nicole Atkins has announced her signing with the Florence, AL-based Single Lock Records. The acclaimed singer-songwriter is currently preparing her much-anticipated label debut, GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE, recorded with Fort Worth, TX’s Nile City Sound, a.k.a. producers Austin Jenkins, Josh Block, and Chris Vivion (Leon Bridges-), with additional mixing by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes). Atkins’ fourth studio recording and first full-length release in nearly three years, GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE will arrive later this year – please visit www.nicoleatkins.com for regular updates.
Single Lock Records is an independent record label based in Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL. Founded in 2013, Single Lock shot to international notoriety with releases from St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Dylan LeBlanc, Donnie Fritts and label co-founder John Paul White. “Nicole’s reputation speaks for itself, but we believe this record sets the stage for even bigger things in an already remarkable career,” says Single Lock label manager Reed Watson. “Nicole is a talented artist who is just finding her voice and we are excited about her future. The fact that a New Jersey girl fits so well in our Muscle Shoals home reminds us that the world is a lot bigger than our little corner. We’re proud to have her on board at Single Lock Records.”
GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE, a vintage soul album inspired legendary artists like Dusty Springfield, Candi Staton, Roy Orbison and Janis Joplin, was first heralded last November with the release of “A Little Crazy,” available now on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp. Co-written with Chris Isaak, the track premiered via Brooklyn Vegan, which hailed it as “a delicate, soulful ballad.” In addition, Atkins’s stellar live performance of “A Little Crazy” was an undisputed highlight of Oscar® winner Cameron Crowe’s 2016 Showtime series, Roadies.
Atkins will celebrate GOODNIGHT, RHONDA LEE and her new relationship with Single Lock Records with a wide-ranging run of live dates, beginning next week with a much anticipated show at Fort Worth, TX’s Shipping and Receiving Bar, set for Monday, March 13th. Additional dates include a series of showcase performances at Austin, TX’s South By Southwest (SXSW), a May run supporting Old 97’s, and festival performances at such annual gatherings at Hunter Mountain, NY’s Mountain Jam (June 17th). For updates and ticket availability, please visit www.nicoleatkins.com/tour.
NICOLE AKINS – ON TOUR 2017
13 – Fort Worth, TX – Shipping and Receiving Bar
15 – Austin, TX – Shake Up @ Weather Up (Single Lock Showcase) *
15 – Austin, TX – The Parish *
17 – Austin, TX – NoiseTrade & PledgeMusic Present Frye Days *
17 – Austin, TX – The Beehive *
5 – Brooklyn, NY – Relix Presents: Brooklyn Is The Band
1 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
2 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
3 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
4 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
5 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
6 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
7 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater
8 – Buffalo, NY – The Tralf
9 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
11 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival-Sanctuary
12 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
13 – Springfield, IL – Boondocks Pub
16 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
17 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
17 – Hunter Mountain, NY – Mountain Jam 2017
* South By Southwest (SXSW)
† w/Old 97’s
Click here to check out this cool profile of our label from the fine folks at This Is Alabama! This article was featured in the Sunday, Feb. 26 issues of The Huntsville Times, The Birmingham News and the Mobile Press-Register.
Today, our friends at The Bluegrass Situation premiered "Tennessee Sun", a song from LIGHT COUNTRY-- a new album due March 3rd from The Kernal.
Today, we're proud to announce that we will release a new record from The Kernal on March 3. It's called LIGHT COUNTRY.
You can hear the first single, "Knock-Kneed Ballerina", right now:
You can pre-order LIGHT COUNTRY today at:
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