STEVE SPURGIN: Solo Flight
Despite his varied musical background, from bluegrass bands to country groups to a pop lounge act to choral ensembles, there’s a folkie somewhere in Steve Spurgin’s head. It escapes in Solo Flight, Steve’s third Blue Night Records release. He chose all the songs for this project, from such well-known writers as Norman Blake (“Church Street Blues), Steve Gillette & Tom Campbell (“Darcy Farrow”), Hoyt Axton (“Angelina”), and Hal Ketchum ( ‘I Miss My Mary Tonight”). Characteristically, Steve wrote four of the songs himself, including our favorite: “The Light’s Still on at Trixie’s”. What makes this project especially unique, aside from Steve’s stellar voice, of course, is the way he wanted to do it. Just him, his old faithful guitar, and a couple of microphones. No side men, no background vocalists, no studio tricks. Just Steve Spurgin in your living room. You couldn’t be in better musical company.
JOHN MALCOLM PENN: L.A. BLUES
This third Blue Night Records (BNR) release from John Malcolm Penn is yet another pearl in a growing string. As in his previous two projects for us, he wrote all the melodies and lyrics, played all the instruments, and sang all the vocal parts. His style and sound are instantly recognizable. If you’ve ever lived in L.A., you know about the importance of escaping every once in a while — perhaps up the coast to Jenner, maybe the wine country of Sonoma, to Red’s Meadow near Mammoth Lakes, or even to Lake Elsinore. Get ready to travel, because John’s music and lyrics will take you places. He’s a gentle spirit. An old soul. You couldn’t have a more caring scout/wagon master leading you down paths unknown. Blue Night Records is once again proud to present another glimpse into the artistry, creativity and musicality of John Malcolm Penn.
JOHN MALCOLM PENN: Driftin’ River
John Malcolm Penn follows his previous Blue Night Records release (Hangtown Fry) with yet another gem, Driftin’ River. Once more this California-based songwriter has put together a collection of original tunes that cements his reputation as a serious storyteller. On this musical outing, we get a further glimpse into the folksy and homespun world of Mr. Penn. He played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and wrote all the songs. These real-life stories and tributes, with musical notes attached, are not only entertaining, but thought-provoking as well. Driftin’ Riveralso contains several instrumentals that are a real plus, and serve to keep the mood rolling. So we invite you to drift along with this exciting new release from Blue Night Records, as John Malcolm Penn takes you on another journey of the heart.
STEVE SPURGIN: Folk Remedies
STEVE SPURGIN’S “Folk Remedies” has been released. It is now available from Elderly Instruments (Elderly.com), and copies in disc and download formats will very soon be available from CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, and other conventional retail and electronic outlets.Pre-release orders are now available from Elderly Instruments (Elderly.com), and post-release copies and downloads will soon be offered by CDBaby, Amazon.com, and many other conventional retail outlets. We recorded it at The Parlor Studio in Nashville (thanks again to engineer John Saylor for a great job), with the able assistance of Jim Hurst (guitar) and Missy Raines (upright bass). Mixing and mastering were done by Eric Uglum at New Wine Sound Studio in Apple Valley, California (thanks Eric — you went above and beyond).
JOHN MALCOLM PENN: Hangtown Fry
This man is a journeyman folk singer. He has a beautiful is a gifted songwriter. From the hundreds of songs he sent us, we selected twelve. Each is a gem. I guess we “rediscovered” John in some ways, and we’re just amazed that the world has not yet had the pleasure of experiencing his genius. For “Hangtown Fry” John wrote all the songs, sang all the parts, and played all the instruments. Welcome to Blue Night Records, John. We’re very proud you’re with us.
DAN CRARY and THUNDERATION: Perfect Storm
DAN CRARY and THUNDERATION is Dan’s newest sound fusion ensemble, and the amazing music just keeps flowing. This time Dan has partnered with long time friend and musical comrade, singer/songwriter Steve Spurgin, as well as power hitters Don Stiernberg (mandolin), John Reischman (mandolin), and Keith Little (banjo, mandolin). Also adding sparkle and creativity are the up and coming Luke Dewhirst (banjo) and Martin Stevens (fiddle). The approach is fresh, yet remains fully grounded in American roots music. “PERFECT STORM” is simply Dan Crary at his best.
STEVE SPURGIN: Past Perfect
Acclaimed solo outing from bluegrass veteran and former Byron Berline & California member Spurgin, with a handpicked slate of all-star studio buddies: Dobro ace Rob Ickes, Swiss luminaries Uwe and Jens Kruger, mandolinist Adam Steffey and bassist Rusty Holloway. Ten Spurgin originals plus John Malcolm Penn’s “Sasquatch” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Song for a Winter’s Night”.
DON STIERNBERG: Swing 220
An all acoustic, all instrumental collection of swing classics featuring improvisational interplay among mandolin, guitar and upright bass — all played by recognized masters of their instruments: Don Stiernberg – mandolin; Jeff Jenkins – Guitar, Rusty Holloway, double bass.