Black Country Rock is proud to present a new full LP, produced by Shooter Jennings, from New York’s Last Daze: “Symbols & Snares”.
Recorded in 2014 in Los Angeles at Station House Studios, ‘Symbols & Snares’ is the debut from Adirondack band ‘Last Daze’.
It will be available on digital and CD format on August 28th, 2015 from BCR Los Angeles.
The first video for ‘Fast Turns’ has been shot and will be released soon!
We lost our Vice President on Monday. All of us here at BCR are beyond heartbroken. It was Jon’s outlandish ideas and rebellions spirit that gave BCR so much life. There will forever be a hole where his heart used to be.
Black Country Rock and Cracker Barrel are proud to present a brand new Waylon Jennings CD that was exclusively released in all Cracker Barrel stores across the United States on April 27th!
“Live in Concert” is a collection of live tracks that span Waylon’s entire discography. This diverse CD release include hits like “Rainy Day Woman” and “Luckenbach, TX” alongside a duet of “Suspicious Minds” with Jessi Colter, as well as a deep cut from Waylon’s (then upcoming and unreleased) “Right for the Time” album. Waylon’s banter in between songs is worth the price of the CD alone! He was in rare form on these historic recordings! Inside the packaging you’ll also be able to find never before seen photos of Waylon.
Today Rolling Stone published a ruling article about the friendship between Shooter Jennings and Dennis Haskins and how their friendship turned into a musical collaboration! RS shot exclusive video of Shooter and Haskins at Dimples (America’s very first karaoke bar) and also premiered a track from the upcoming Record Store Day release of “Belding’s Blues”. “Blues” will be available in select independent record stores across the country beginning April 18th as part of Record Store Day 2015. Only 1,000 copies were printed and will be made available so check with your local store about this release as well as all four BCR releases being launched that same day (Waylon 55, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Stargunn). If your local store isn’t already bringing these titles in they can order them for you from AEC. To locate a store near you click here.
Yesterday Rolling Stonedebuted “Killing The Blues”, side A of BCR’s Record Store Day seven-inch release on the two artists. Side B is a cover of Waylon Jennings’ iconic song “I’ve Always Been Crazy” and features Lee Roy Parnell on the lead guitar. “Killing The Blues” will be available on April 18th in brick-and-mortar record stores on white vinyl. There is only a limited amount of these being made, so if you want to secure your copy, speak to your local record store — They can still order now by calling AEC and placing a new order, or by calling 1-844-REACH-BCR today!
As many of you know the BCR BAZAAR went down at the end of 2014. We have fully restored the system, but our database of accounts was lost. This was due to incredibly negligent behavior on the part of Host Gator. So we do apologize. As our reward, anyone who clicks this link below will receive 10 free download slots.
We have made a ton of changes here at BCR in the last few months. First, we decided to move our Nashville operation down to Memphis. That’s right! BCR now has a major presence in Memphis and we are proud to be a part of it. Second, we are pleased to let you know that Shooter’s tribute to Giorgio Moroder will now be a FULL LENGTH album set for release this summer. More details on that coming soon. Third, we have put together (arguably) our finest set of releases to date for the upcoming Record Store Day 2015 which takes place at independent record stores all across the country on April 18th. Waylon’s earliest documented performances from 1955, Billy Ray Cyrus and Shooter Jennings teaming up for an incredible 7″, America’s favorite high school principal Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding) records two songs for one of our favorite 7″ releases to date, and lastly Stargunn’s very rare first album! Details on all releases below…
BCR026 – Billy Ray Cyrus & Shooter Jennings “Killing the Blues” White 7″ Vinyl
Never to do what is expected of him, Shooter Jennings takes yet another creative turn by producing and collaborating with Billy Ray Cyrus on this white 7″ vinyl “Killing The Blues”. The title track & A side features Billy Ray, Shooter and band kicking up the dust and reinventing the Rowland Salley classic with synthesizers, fiddle, banjo and acoustic guitar. The B side, a cover of Waylon Jennings 1978 hit “I’ve Always Been Crazy” features Lee Roy Parnell on slide guitar and sounds more like something you would find on “Derek & The Dominos” than a country standard. After recieving much criticism by the elder Jennings, Waylon and Cyrus met on KDF radio in Nashville in the 90’s and became fast friends. Now many years later the son of the country legend, and his old friend collaborate for a very unexpected
project with a very, unique and psychedelic sound.
BCR027 – Stargunn “The Only Way Up Is Down” white 12″ vinyl
In 2000, Shooter Jennings and his band, Stargunn, drove across country from Nashville, TN to Los Angeles chasing a new home for their music. Ironically, their first record was recorded in 2001 in Nashville! “The Only Way Up Is Down” was the only full studio album released by the band, and until now it has been unvailable except for the first 1000 CDs printed by the band. Now BCR Los Angeles is proud to release a limited edition White 12″ Vinyl of the band’s debut album. With new updated art by BCR staff designer, Keith Neltner & Neltner Small Batch, this record is the ultimate collectors item for any Shooter Jennings or Stargunn fan.
BCR028 – Waylon Jennings “Waylon 55 Live”
In 1955 an 18 year-old Waylon Jennings was a radio DJ at KZZN in his hometown of Littlefield, TX. Waylon often hosted “Guitar Pulls”, or musical events where several local artists traded songs and licks on the air. In a very special instance, one of these Guitar Pulls were recorded on the air to tape, and years later, thanks to Waylon’s family, the recordings have been brought to light. This very special, never-before heard 30 minute long live performance event is the ultimate collectors item for the Waylon Jennings fan. To hear him perform with such grace and confidence at such a young age, in such good quality (restored to it’s best possible quality in the Coil), is something not to be missed! BCR Memphis is proud to release “Waylon 55 Live” as it’s inaugural release on beautiful white 12″ vinyl.
BCR029 – Dennis Haskins “Belding’s Blues”
Most people would be most familiar with Dennis Haskins’ work as Mr. Belding on the runaway hit 1990’s television show “Saved By The Bell”, but not many people would know that Haskins’ got his start singing in musicals long before his casting in the teen-dream drama. Having been long time friends with both Shooter Jennings and his manager Jon Hensley, and in the tradition of BCR’s bucking of tradition, BCR Los Angeles is proud to present “Belding’s Blues”. Printed on beautiful white 7″ vinyl, “Belding’s Blues” features experimental music composed and constructed by Shooter Jennings to accompany Haskins’ voice. The stand-out track, a musical mash-up of Tom Jones’ hit “Delilah” and Kris Kristofferson’s “For The Good Times”, titled “For The Good Times, Delilah”, features almost industrial soundscaping that echoes more of Radiohead and My Morning Jacket than it’s original versions. Surely a collectors item for the RSD crowd and the children of the 90’s.
Start calling your local record stores and asking for these releases! Only 1,000 copies will be printed of each record and even less will be printed of Stargunn (500 copies)! To locate a participating record store in your area Click Here!
Check out Shooter’s new video “She Talks To Rainbows” on the Black Country Rock official Youtube Channel! The song is available on the limited edition “BCR Mixtape 2014″ available NOW on CD and digital from BCR Los Angeles.
“She Talks To Rainbows”, directed by Christoph Heuer and produced by Blake Judd for Juddfilms, is a cover of the Ramones tune that Joey Ramone chose for Ronnie Spector to cover when he produced a record on her in 1999.
“I saw Ronnie Spector play at the Roxy this year and she performed that song with such fire and passion, it hit me so hard. I went out and recorded the song a week later.” Shooter said, “We didn’t know what to really do with it at first. ‘I’m in the middle of a Giorgio Moroder tribute album that is a follow up to my George Jones tribute album, what do I do with a Joey Ramone song?’ But we found a place”