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Compass Records Announces New Bluegrass Releases for April

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The Old SchoolNashville, TN -- Compass Records presents its new releases for April 30th, including new bluegrass music albums from the legendary Peter Rowan as well as Compass newcomers Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.

On the The Old School, bluegrass legend Rowan delves further into his legacy as one of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys with some of the first generation players who really know “the old school” while welcoming younger players considered to be the torchbearers for the future of bluegrass music. The album includes 11 Rowan originals and a rework of “Freedom Riders,” the Civil Rights anthem made popular by Odetta.

Featured guests include Del McCoury on the high lonesome “That’s All She Wrote,” Bobby Osborne on a stunning duet called “Stealing My Time,” Jesse McReynolds' unique mandolin style on the Rowanesque “Mountain Man’s Dream” and Bryan Sutton on the ode to Doc Watson “Doc Watson Morning.” Other guests include the Traveling McCourys, JD Crowe, fiddlers Michael Cleveland, Stuart Duncan, Buddy Spicher, Time Jumpers bassist Dennis Crouch, Jeremy Garrett of the Infamous Stringdusters, Don Rigsby and the members of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.

On The EdgeOn The Edge showcases one of the most exciting and dynamic new bands in bluegrass, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. With virtuoso guests Tim O’Brien, Rob Ickes and vocalist Megan McCormick joining Solivan’s skilled team of pickers, the album's 10 tracks virtually jump off of the CD as the band applies the muscle of traditional bluegrass and finesse of newgrass to material that reaches across the bluegrass and Americana spectrums. Frank Solivan’s tenor vocals soar over virtuosic picking provided by banjoist Mike Munford, guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Danny Booth. With the release of On The Edge Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen are poised to become one of the most sought after bands in bluegrass.

In addition to these bluegrass albums, Compass Records will also release two other albums next month. Watch for a new album from top Irish vocalist Francis Black and an album from UK band Faustus via Navigator Records.

After taking a 10-year break from recording, Frances Black, one of Ireland’s top vocalists, makes her long-awaited return with Stronger. Her pure vocal tone and energetic, pop-minded delivery showcase an artist stronger and more passionate than ever about her music. “This is an album of all my favorite songs that I have sung through the years. I have loved and lived these songs, they all tell the stories of my life,” adds Black. A former member of Arcady and The Black Family, she made her solo debut with two tracks on the million-selling, multi-artist compilation Woman’s Heart in 1993.

An album-related tour with Maura O’Connell, Dolores Keane, Sharon Shannon, Sinéad Lohan, and her sister, Mary Black, broke all of Ireland’s box office records. While Black’s debut solo album, Talk to Me (released in 1994), sold over 100,000 copies and spent eight weeks at the top of Ireland’s music charts, her releases The Sky Road (1995), The Smile on Your Face (1996), and Don’t Get Me Wrong (1998) further established her as an internationally known performer.

Former nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the Faustus a trui are three of the leading lights of English folk music of their generation. Subsequent touring saw them headlining at festivals, as well as playing sold out concerts at arts centres and clubs and, in 2007, they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. The group features Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweasel), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast).

Their new album, Broken Down Gentlemen, was produced by Stu Hanna of popular English folk duo Megson and features their trademark powerful delivery, faultless harmonies, inspired arrangements and a sprinkling of some of the earthiest songs in the folk cannon. In short, they are men on a mission to banish all that is bland and cliché in the delivery of folk music. Their plethora of experience is brought together in a virtuosic display of musicianship.

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