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First Album In Six Years The Song of the Banjo To Be Released Oct 9 Via Compass Records

Album Includes Guests Colin Hay, Indigo Girls, Keb’ Mo’, Jake Shimabukuro, Rob Ickes, & More

Hear Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” Featuring Keb’ Mo’ Via Billboard: Here

GRAMMY Award-winning musician/composer/producer/entrepreneur Alison Brown will be on tour this fall celebrating her new album, The Song of the Banjo, out Oct 9 on Compass Records. Brown will play shows in San Francisco (premiering music from the album on the main stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Oct 4) , Nashville, New York City and more. Tour dates are below, with more to be added.

Along with her Compass Records co-founder, husband, bassist and co-producer Garry West, Brown has assembled an all-star cast for the album including Indigo Girls, Keb’ Mo’, Colin Hay, and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, as well as some of acoustic music’s most adventurous session players including legendary drummer Steve Gadd, fiddler Stuart Duncan, Dobro player Rob Ickes, upright bassist Todd Phillips and, on guitar and bouzouki, Irish phenom John Doyle.

Of the 12 tracks on The Song of the Banjo, seven are Brown originals, including the melodic, pop-flavored title piece that opens the set, as well the gravity-defying piano/banjo duet, “Musette for the Last Fret.” Then there are her trademark compositions written in Cinemascope – grandly sweeping melodies like “A Long Way Gone” and the Celtic-tinged “Airish.” “The Moon in Molly’s Eyes” brings in bossa nova, with lush strings by Compass label mate Andrea Zonn. A 13th track, included on the Deluxe Edition of the album, features an inspired and timely duet with Keb’ Mo’ on the Marvin Gaye classic, “What’s Going On?”.

Tour Dates:

10/4 – San Francisco, CA – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
10/7 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
10/8 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse
10/9 – Cambridge, MA – First Parish Church
10/10 – Portland, ME – State Street Church
10/14 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
10/22 – Beacon, NY – Towne Crier Café
10/23 – Lewisburg, PA – Bucknell University
11/5 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater
11/6 – Asheville, NC – Diana Wortham Theatre

Track Listing for The Song Of The Banjo

1. The Song of the Banjo
2. Dance with Me (feat. Rob Ickes; originally performed by Orleans)
3. Carolina in the Pines (feat. Indigo Girls; originally performed by Michael Martin Murphey)
4. A Long Way Gone
5. Windansea
6. Time After Time (originally performed by Cyndi Lauper)
7. Stuff Happens
8. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again (feat. Colin Hay; originally performed by Dionne Warwick)
9. Airish
10. Feels So Good (feat. Jake Shimabukuro; originally performed by Chuck Mangione)
11. The Moon in Molly’s Eyes
12. Musette for the Last Fret
Bonus Track: —What’s Going On? (feat. Keb’ Mo’; originally performed by Marvin Gaye)

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