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April 6, 2010

Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein

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I AM THE RESURRECTION: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN FAHEY
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TWISTABLE, TURNABLE MAN: A TRIBUTE TO SHEL SILVERSTEIN

AVAILABLE ON VINYL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN CELEBRATION OF RECORD STORE DAY’S BLACK FRIDAY ON NOVEMBER 29TH

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October 31, 2013 - Sugar Hill and Vanguard Records will be releasing two incredible recordings – for the first time on vinyl – I AM THE RESURRECTION: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN FAHEY and TWISTABLE, TURNABLE MAN: A TRIBUTE TO SHEL SILVERSTEIN on November 29, 2013 in celebration of Record Store Day’s Black Friday.

Shel Silverstein, as a writer, poet, and illustrator, has influenced generations upon generations of kids (and kids at heart) with his brilliant, witty, and touching turns of phrase. The collection Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein shines a light on the lyrical genius’s oft-overlooked catalog of classic country songs.

Lovingly co-produced by Grammy winner Bobby Bare and Bobby Bare Jr., a wide range of tunes from Silverstein’s catalog – from humorous to poignant to edgy – is interpreted by two distinct generations influenced by Silverstein’s work. From Dr. Dog, My Morning Jacket and Andrew Bird, to Ray Price, Kris Kristofferson, and John Prine, the album is full of surprises and hidden gems. As a whole, the collection presents a variety of takes on a collection of material that lends itself to creative interpretation, making Twistable, Turnable Man: A Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein an eclectic, endearing valentine to this giant of American song.

Known as the father of the “American primitive guitar”, John Fahey is one of acoustic music’s most noted innovators. His work has influenced countless musicians from a wide range of musical genres. I Am the Resurrection: A Tribute to John Fahey is a 13 track collection that includes a who’s who of indie rock artists’ paying their respects to the folk legend. Co -produced by M. Ward and Vanguard staffer Stephen Brower the album features cuts from Fruit Bats, Sufjan Stevens, Calexico, Devendra Banhart, and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, among others.

The albums are issued on 2xLP white vinyl and green marbled vinyl and mastered at 45rpm for maximum fidelity. Click here to listen to some of the tracks with full track listings below.

Black Friday was created by the organizers of Record Store Day as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1000 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores international. For more information visit: http://recordstoreday.com/CustomPage/1210

Tracklisting:

I AM THE RESURRECTION: A TRIUBUTE TO JOHN FAHEY
1. “Death of the Clayton Peacock” - Fruit Bats
2. “Sunflower River Blues” - Pelt
3. “Variation on ‘Commemorative Transfiguration and Communion at Magruder Park’” - Sufjan Stevens
4. “Sligo River Blues” - Devendra Banhart
5. “Dance of Death” - Calexico
6. “The Singing Bridge Of Memphis, Tennessee (Brooklyn Bridge Version: The Coelcanth)” - Lee Ranaldo
7. “Bean Vine Blues, No. 2″ - M. Ward
8. “The Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, CA” -Cul de Sac
9. “Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Phillip XIV of Spain” - Jason Q. Lytle
10. “Joe Kirby Blues” - Immerglück, Kaphan, Krummenach & Hanes
11. “Medley: John Hurt Shiva Shankarah” - Currituck Co.
12. “When the Catfish is in Bloom” - Peter Case
13. “My Grandfather’s Clock” - Howe Gelb

TWISTABLE, TURNABLE MAN: A TRIBUTE TO SHEL SILVERSTEIN
1. Lullabys, Legends and Lies (My Morning Jacket)
2. The Twistable, Turnable Man Returns (Andrew Bird)
3. This Guitar Is For Sale (John Prine)
4. The Unicorn (Dr. Dog)
5. The Winner (Kris Kristofferson)
6. Queen of the Silver Dollar (Sarah Jarosz with Black Prairie)
7. Daddy What If (Bobby Bare, Jr. with Isabella Bare)
8. The Cover of the Rolling Stone (Black Francis with Joey Santiago)
9. Sylvia’s Mother (The Boxmasters)
10. Me and Jimmie Rodgers (Ray Price)
11. A Boy Named Sue (Todd Snider)
12. The Ballad of Lucy Jordan (Lucinda Williams)
13. The Living Legend (Bobby Bare)
14. The Giving Tree (Nanci Griffith)
15. 26 Second Song (My Morning Jacket)

Contact:

Vanguard Records:
Lucy Sabini – lsabini@vanguardrecords.com
310-829-9355×137

Sugar Hill Records:
Megan McNair – mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com
615-465-6760

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Release date: June 8, 2010

Shel Silverstein, as a writer, poet, and illustrator, has influenced generations upon generations of kids (and kids at heart) with his brilliant, witty, and touching turns of phrase. In Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein (June 8, 2010), Sugar Hill Records shines a light on the lyrical genius’s oft-overlooked catalog of classic country songs.

As a songwriter, Silverstein penned indelible songs made famous by artists such as Johnny Cash, Dr. Hook, Loretta Lynn, and others. No country singer ever made Shel’s work as large a part of his repertoire, though, as Bobby Bare, who first partnered with Silverstein on the seminal Outlaw Country album, Lullabys, Legends and Lies, entirely penned by Shel. Bare and then-five-year-old son Bobby Bare Jr. received a Grammy nod for the country radio hit “Daddy What If” (a win, incidentally, would have made Bare Jr. the youngest Grammy holder ever, until they were usurped by those mavens of country music: The Pointer Sisters). The song is revisited on the tribute by the now-grown son with his own four-year-old daughter Isabella, making her the third generation to pay homage to Shel on this heart wrenching tune.

On this collection, lovingly co-produced by Bare and Bare Jr., the wide range of Silverstein’s work – from humorous to poignant to edgy – is interpreted by two distinct generations influenced by Silverstein’s work. From Dr. Dog, My Morning Jacket and Andrew Bird, to Ray Price, Kris Kristofferson, and John Prine, the album is full of surprises and hidden gems. Bare, Sr. says in his liners: “Shel would have loved every part of this album. This is the kind of thing he loved to do in the studio— having fun with friends, independent from all, doing it our way!”

Of the participating artists, Bobby Bare Jr., who grew up greatly influenced by Shel and went on to write with him as an adult, says “The lineup is a mix of people I have on speed dial, and people my dad has on speed dial” – fortunately they all just happened to be fans of Shel’s songwriting. Bare Jr. explains that Jim James of My Morning Jacket was already a huge fan of the song “Lullabys, Legends, and Lies,” which he would play as the house music between sets at MMJ shows. Bare Jr.’s friend and colleague Andrew Bird was the only artist permitted to put a poem to music, and his version of “The Twistable, Turnable Man Returns” is just as genuinely Bird as it is Silverstein, showing a striking similarity in their lyrical styles. Of John Prine, Bobby Bare insisted “This Guitar is for Sale” was perfectly suited to his wry and poignant style.

As a whole, the collection presents a variety of takes on a collection of material that lends itself to creative interpretation, making Twistable, Turnable Man: A Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein an eclectic, endearing valentine to this giant of American song.

Track Listing:
1. Lullabys, Legends and Lies: My Morning Jacket
2. The Twistable, Turnable Man Returns: Andrew Bird
3. This Guitar Is For Sale: John Prine
4. The Unicorn: Dr. Dog
5. The Winner: Kris Kristofferson
6. Queen Of The Silver Dollar: Sarah Jarosz w/ Black Prairie
7. Daddy What If: Bobby Bare, Jr.
8. The Cover Of The Rolling Stone: Black Francis w/ Joey Santiago
9. Sylvia’s Mother: The Boxmasters
10. Me And Jimmie Rodgers: Ray Price
11. A Boy Named Sue: Todd Snider
12. The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan: Lucinda Williams
13. The Living Legend: Bobby Bare, Sr.
14. The Giving Tree: Nanci Griffith
15. 26 Second Song: My Morning Jacket

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